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JIM KOPJO
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FISHING REPORT
8/22/15 7:07 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Fish report is from Saturday August 22....this was a crappie only trip....winds were mild to start ..and by mid day we got blown off several spots ...ended up pulling the plug early....bite was good ...again minnows were the main stay ...they were very depth conscious ...trying different depths until they responded was the game....lost an anchor to a crib...weld broke from a repair long ago....a least we have a spare from our trip with"Ric" Big Smile..had a fun day with the brothers from the suburbs....Tony & Greg....years ago Greg turned us on to some fantastic hand tied micro jig's for crappie and bluegill....may have to buy him breakfast for a re-supply

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JIM KOPJO
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8/16/15 8:46 PM CST
Ric wanted to see some other photo's from our trip....the weather blowing in that just missed the lake ...and the anchor we snagged....may use it in the future if the wind get's to rough... Tounge Out


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JIM KOPJO
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FISHING REPORT
8/16/15 7:59 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Saturday Aug 15th 2015....this was a crappie only trip....we hit fish at every spot checked...just had to weed through the smaller fish to get a nice catch for the table....caught well over 200 crappie with 42 making the trip back to northern Indiana...Mike,Brett,Mark and Rick...had me in stiches the entire day...it got very hot out there so make sure you bring plenty to drink....gateraid and water were the mainstay...we had a few clouds show up and a mild breeze from time to time helped....crappie were very active on most spot's....couldn't get them to come up for a swimming jig or vertical jig....sunlight may have kept them tight to cover....slip bobber and minnow worked all day....no muskie made a showing either Tounge Out

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JIM KOPJO
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FISHING REPORT
8/9/15 9:36 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Report is from 8-2-2015....was out this day with Dan..(Big Cat)...his dad Tom..and good friend "Ric"...we tried bass fishing with live bait today but only had a few hit's landing one...no-takers from the cat's...conditions were o.k....we changed to crappie and knocked them out of the park...over 106 on the clicker and the biggest was 17inches.... Big Smilebefore you call the Professor on the 17 3/4 inch fish...it was a walleye ..not a crappie Big Smile Ric likes to drag baits and do things in areas that most don't...gets snagged a lot but today he got a nice surprise...good job Ric...Big Cat didn't get to catch the cat's today but he enjoyed the non-stop crappie bite...the only pause was a break to let the storm blow over...the bite is great but the size was more average...no crappie over 12 ....great size for the skillet though....Tom snagged an anchor with our anchor...thought we were bringing in a tree or something big Tounge Out

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JIM KOPJO
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FISHING REPORT
7/27/15 6:20 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Report is from ...Sunday July 26th....Shared the boat with Brain from Crystal lake..(crappie hunter from Crystal lake area)this was a crappie only trip...we caught crappie everywhere we checked....we tried casting for awhile ..but the slip-bobber and minnow was hot....mini-mites got more bluegill than crappie today...we exchanged stories and tactic's and it was refreshing to hear his methods and patterns for catching crappie in his travels...he also caught a nice catfish while pitching a laydown...nice job on that one Brain...lol....kept some for a fish fry ....

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JIM KOPJO
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FISHING REPORT
7/23/15 6:07 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: Above 80° F
Report is from 7 -19 sunday..Tried for largemouth and got nada...storm the day before had some areas slightly stained...wind changed again and we found calm water to fish....only to find no takers....had a muskie strike our crappie ....3 times he came back...fiqure 8 with a hooked up crappie and we never got him close enough to the net... Lips Sealed customer had a 100 plus fish day on the crappie..did find some nice smallmouth...truth be told we were in a catfish hole and they showed up Tounge Out ..were going to make a nice stringer photo..but we opted to release them all before the stress of that process..father and son had a great time...all in all a nice day out there


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MuskyManiac5
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7/19/15 4:15 PM CST
Mcguire, You can fish Shab with your 60 on the boat, you just can't use it.

McGuire4teacher
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7/18/15 7:05 PM CST
I didn't mean troll using the 60hp motor, but with a trolling motor. The 60hp would only be used to launch the boat on and off the trailer. Can the 60hp motor still be on the boat though, if I'm only using a motor-guide trolling motor?

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7/18/15 7:51 AM CST
No, you can NOT use your 60hp on this lake at all. Unless your loading it on your trailer. It doesn't matter if your trolling or not. It can't be used.

jepik
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7/16/15 6:48 PM CST
this is the most outdated grass root law that the dnr has..back in 50s when boat lenght of 8ft.to 12ft.and motors 3hp to 10hp..were the norm..time has went by that period 25 +yrs. ago..the dnr needs to address this..with a simple no wake on all of the state lakes with 10 hp law.. Angry

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RedX13
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7/16/15 1:03 PM CST
Yes, I have been in boats and also have seen others that do this instead of using a 10HP kicker motor. Make sure your batteries are charged. This lake is very windy and boat control can be difficult. Good luck to you.

McGuire4teacher
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7/16/15 10:49 AM CST
I have not been to Shabbona yet to fish, but I see that it's a 10hp limit. My question is can you still launch a boat that has 60hp, but just troll around the lake? Any information about this would be appreciated. Thanks.

JIM KOPJO
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FISHING REPORT
7/13/15 7:33 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny
late report from 4th of July...hit it later than usual...used our new grill on the boat and it worked well...even made s'mores before the fireworks....crappie were predictable but the bass were tight lipped...lotta boats pounding it out there...by the time the sun set we had just a dozen boats to share the lake with...getting out after the show suck's ...but that's the price to pay for viewing from the toon....

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Dubz
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7/12/15 10:29 PM CST
I have a 5 hp I'd sell.

Sandwich_Fish
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FISHING REPORT
6/30/15 9:18 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F
Fished three and a half hours using minnows and crawlers. Got a few bites but in the end one 2 lb cat on a crawler on the way in. Tough lake to fish.

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