Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

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1/17/17 @ 4:54 PM
Jim Kopjo
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Jsw84...if you go ...proceed with caution and check the thickness as you walk out.. a spud is a great tool to have in years like this one

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1/17/17 @ 4:50 PM
Jim Kopjo
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Don't think i've ever seen anyone limit out on walleye through the ice....i've seen walleye caught just not in huge numbers...we see them as we target crappie in the trees and on the roadbed....I would imagine well placed tip-ups would work to help dial them in...... 

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1/17/17 @ 1:45 AM
jm9886
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Anyone ever have luck ice fishing for walleye in the timber? I find it tough to pin point then with so much structure in this lake! Any tips are greatly appreciated! 

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1/16/17 @ 11:17 AM
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Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (79%)
Waning Gibbous

Finally got out on the hard top.....started at 0800...was greeted by the game warden at the front gate posts....there is no gate so be careful entering the park before o8oo...he is tired of the rule stretching....any way....we checked some mid depth and some deeper areas....did better at the mid depths...plastics were used on a number 4 fiska....broke 12 on one and had 2 just under 12....the rest of my meal for tonight were between 91/2 and 11....ended with 43 on the clicker and a few missed...(think I was closer to 45...)met some guy's from another site and enjoyed some brats...what a great day...game warden walked the entire lake...counting devices and checking for papers...nice guy to talk to...nice to see the presence at the park...

Edited on 1/16/17 11:21 AM
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1/13/17 @ 9:12 AM
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jsw84
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USER since 12/26/16

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous
I am looking at long term forecast. I am newer to ice fishing so was wondering what others thought.....Will this be the end of ice fishing for awhile after next week?

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1/12/17 @ 11:09 PM
BlackJack
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Edited on 1/12/17 11:10 PM
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1/12/17 @ 9:37 PM
Abumatic
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USER since 5/8/10

There is no open water between the trees and the bait shop. Saw 1 guy fishing out there today. I would go out there if I wanted to but I have made some pretty iffy trips out there late ice. If you have a spud take it. Tomorrow being Friday there is usually a ton of guys out fishing and I bet there will be guys out there.

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1/12/17 @ 8:46 PM
Bohemis20
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USER since 12/10/16

Abumatic were you able to get and fish the deep trees if you wanted to?

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1/12/17 @ 8:40 PM
Abumatic
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USER since 5/8/10

Forgot, my dad saw this dead musky on way out this AM. We figured right around 36"

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1/12/17 @ 6:10 PM
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Abumatic
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USER since 5/8/10

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
8 inches

Got out around 9 this morning. Headed into park at the top of the hill looked out at the lake and could not believe the damage that the high winds did to the ice. 3 large open water areas in between the road bed and the far east trees, the open water over in west trees by the barn tripled in size from Monday. I did not fish the trees today but heard some where around 6" out by creek channel. Ice was weird today with mostly frozen puddles on top that my spud went through, stopped me in my tracks for a second. Cold all day and going to be real cold over night. plenty of fishable ice out there but proceed with caution out at the trees. a week ago I fished 8" of ice in the east trees with open water 20'-30' away. FP was much closer

Fished North end of the Lake today. 10'-15' of water on some decent cover. Started hot and heavy for my Dad, saw he down sized tackle. So I went to a custom Jigs size 14 Majmun Glow and very small blue plastic with a spike. We hammered the crappie and the gills until 12:30 - 1:00 then it just shut off. Kept 4 real nice slab crappies 11"rs Kept 4 8"+ gills released 25+ fish. Great time and the Better with Cheddar brats hit the spot when the fish stopped biting. Good luck guys and be safe out there!

Edited on 1/12/17 9:29 PM
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