Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

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7/28/16 @ 4:15 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (30%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
Above 80° F

Report is from Sunday July 24th....started early and was surprised that not many guy's out....was hazy and that helped keep the temps lower for us...we tried some artificial baits but the live bait worked better..gave deeper water a shot but the marks we saw never committed ...35 on the clicker with 10 making the cut....(sorry no pic's)....

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7/28/16 @ 4:05 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (30%)
Waning Crescent

Report is from Saturday July 16th....started early ..water temp was around 74º ...climbed to 82º...very hot...wind was slight making boat control a snap...had 64 on the clicker...but when they turned on I'm sure they had closer to 70-75....two guy's ripping lip's got crazy at time's...saw some nicer one's show up but most were under 11....kept enough for a meal and the rest released..caught a few catfish while targeting crib's ...nice tug's on the crappie gear...

Edited on 7/28/16 4:08 PM
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7/28/16 @ 3:44 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (30%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Report is from July 3rd 2016....usually hit it early ...but today the couple wanted to fish into sunset....catching a nice meal of crappie as the sunsets....doesn't get better than that !!..wasn't to crowded...expected more with the holiday....started around 15:30....water was 76º at launch time and 78º when we finished....ended up with 35-40 on the clicker with a nice 8-9 for the pan....mixed in some catfish and bass before dinner...very pleasant trip...thanks for your service John

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7/28/16 @ 3:35 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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Waning Crescent

Stll more from7-2-16....Leeches and worms worked...leeches lasted longer...lot's of smaller fish on worms...

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7/28/16 @ 3:32 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (30%)
Waning Crescent

Adding to the report 7-2-16....got an up close view of the bald eagle picking up breakfast....a lot bigger than one would think.... he circled overhead and swooped in for a quick splash and dash....

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7/28/16 @ 3:29 PM
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Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (30%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Late report from Saturday July 2nd 2016....started a little later to give the little guy some sleep....water was 74º at launch time and only climbed to 78º....wasn't too crowded... most fish were closer to bottom on areas we checked....had 100 fish on the clicker(mixed bag counted)....all c.p.r....caught some nice size crappie plus a lot of under fish....catfish were active....some bass decided to show for us also....great way to ring in the fourth....

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7/25/16 @ 1:03 PM
Bighead4444
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What color squarebill?

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7/20/16 @ 9:04 PM
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torchd
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USER since 5/24/12

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Waning Gibbous

Co-worker and I launched yesterday (7-19-2016) at 11am.  We headed just west of the camp grounds and fished the shoreline back into the bay, not quite making to Indian Creek.  I was fishing a Texas Rigged Senko, he was fishing paddle tail swim bait.  For couple cast I caught a dink 15" LMB.  About 20 mins later, I was swimming my Senko back to me I had a ~26" - ~30" muskie follow my boatside, I quickly did a figure 8, musky hit my line/lure and bit my 30lb braid right off lol.

Next we picked up and headed for the deep trees.  I was using slip bobber and leech, and a 1/16oz jig with a chartruese jig skirt for crappie.  I ended up catching a dink, little, tiny perch and ~7" crappie.  Again, my co-worker no fish to be had.  We did see a bald eagle sitting right on top of us.  He was perched there for quite some time.

We moved yet again, this time fishing the shoreline before the dam.  I was throwing a squarebill and picked up another 15" LMB and a 16" channel cat.  For some reason, I am NAILING the catfish on my squarebill at every lake I go to lol.

So all in all not a bad day.  It was hot, but felt good with the breeze.  Would have been nice to land that musky.  I did take a pic of one of my LMB, but 15" is tiny, not post worthy lol.

Edited on 7/20/16 9:05 PM
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6/28/16 @ 6:04 PM
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Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (39%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Report is from Saturday 25th....got some catfishing in....and of course some crappie....bass were slow to show...think all the rain during the week affected them...water had a slight stain and was high in the morning....better near the south end.....tried chicken livers and the cats really responded to them...worms attracted small perch....leeches were o.k.....slipbobber and minnows was the best bet for the crappie...(although smaller fish were more active)....took some time to find the better fish....76º at the launch with temps topping out at 84º when we pulled the plug around 3:00....

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6/23/16 @ 5:59 PM
jeff.georgalas
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There is a bait shop and restaurant about 100 yards from the launch.  Remember, you can only use your boat motor if it's 9.9 HP or less.

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