Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

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5/26/16 @ 3:02 PM
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fishin pole
fishin pole
USER since 1/19/08

MOON PHASE (78%)
Waning Gibbous

Came out yesterday morning for a few hours. Was disappointed so went to another lake and saved my day.

So when i launched I noticed the water seemed stirred up and dirty. Wasn't sure if Shabbona had gotten rain. (I got out before yesterday's storms). However it didn't take long to notice what appeared to a ton of Carp crashing the shore lines everywhere on the lake and I started to think maybe that had something to do with the water clarity. We caught one crappie and one Perch. One of my worst days out on Shab!.......F.P.

Edited on 5/26/16 3:05 PM
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5/23/16 @ 5:39 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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MEMBER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Report is from Sunday May 22nd...launched a little later...around 0900...had a few young gun's out ....made more sense to let them sleep in than be crabby out there....they did well and even got a bonus bass of 17 1/2 inches on a mini-mite....the males were stacked along the shoreline and shore anglers in the know were out fishing most boats...we boated a little over 30 for the day...kid's were missing a lot of subtle bites ...but they had a ball....hard to keep the intensity level up when the bite slowed....

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5/23/16 @ 5:14 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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MEMBER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

Report is from Saturday May 21st....started around 0700 with the temps around 60º climbing to 62º-63º...we did better as clouds blocked the sun....180 on the clicker but the group caught well over that ...closer to 200 I would guess....not a lot breaking the 11 inch mark....the males have taken on the dark colored throat of spawn....and the females we cleaned showed the spawn is in it's prime out there....didn't take a stringer pic(sorry about that)....the group did very well and they will return I'm sure....It was cool to stand back and watch them hook set after hook set.....

Edited on 5/23/16 5:25 PM
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5/15/16 @ 8:41 AM
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Jim Kopjo
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MEMBER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (69%)
Waxing Gibbous

Well what can a guy say...knew it was worse than expected when I saw the fields on the way in...water and more water...lake creek was flowing strong as I crossed the bridge....launched and tried to stay positive....we staged out of the wind...as most guy's guy's did...7-8 boats on the north shore...got 2 and missed several...we could see them..just couldn't get them to come-out....water was very muddy....cleared as we went south....around e.p. 4 it was a little better..ended up with 6...and that was a real chore..the wind was just too much for us on the "Toon'...temp's were back to56º and only climbed to 58º...pulled the plug early and cancelled Sundays trip based on the conditions...

Edited on 5/15/16 1:23 PM
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5/14/16 @ 4:53 PM
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Missinglinks7
Missinglinks7
USER since 5/13/16

MOON PHASE (60%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

I went out this morning from 8 - 12.  I fished the cribs on the North end for Crappie. I tried small minnows and worms. I didn't even get a bite. The wind was 18 mph. The water was really muddy. 

Edited on 5/14/16 4:55 PM
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5/14/16 @ 10:16 AM
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Insane1
Insane1
USER since 12/23/05

MOON PHASE (60%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F
Fished from shore this morning.....would of taken the boat but after 4 inches of rain this week and then a cold front with high winds, not happening. Anyways...the lake is pretty much a mess right now. Clearest water was in south end. NMZ water visibility was at best 6". Hopefully it will clear later next week. We did manage a few gills and small bass. Hope this helps......Good Luck!

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5/9/16 @ 5:34 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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MEMBER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (12%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Report is from Mothersday...May 8th....got to the lake around 1100 and left at 330....not a lot of time on the water ...but my gal and I only had a slice of the day to work with...again slipbobber and minnow out fished plastics....water is clearing up nicely....finally seeing some darker males and some females are very swollen ...not peak spawn...but definitely starting....temps were still cool...58º at launch time and touched 59º-60º when we left....not many out at this time so choice of spots was easy....got enough for a few meals for her and I...clicker was close to 80...probably closer to 85 landed..had a heck of a time running 4 rods....lots of small males....very aggressive...some fish had smaller looking leeches in their mouths....guess its a good food source??

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5/2/16 @ 8:03 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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MEMBER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (23%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F
This report is from Sunday May 1st...Launched at 0800...water dropped back to 52º...at days end it only climbed to 53º...wind was cranking all day...boat control was fun Wondering..live bait again worked better than casted or jigged plastics baits...the bite was slow today but patience produced a nice stringer by the end of the trip...deeper fish were more active than their shallow cousins...55 on the clicker...think we caught closer to 60...had some good short flurries of activity...after a few minutes of inactivity we moved to find active fish...bites were very subtle...some bites the float just stopped moving up and down with the waves...

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4/25/16 @ 7:48 PM
Jim Kopjo
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Got an e-mail and a guy was wondering why my count varied a little....I have a fish clicker/counter that you keep track of fish caught...while 5-6 guy's are catching fish there are times that I don't click/count every fish....so I give the amount shown ...and guess how many we missed...it's a close number but we never embellish...had 87 on the clicker Saturday and 88 on sunday...

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4/25/16 @ 5:43 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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MEMBER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
Report is from Sunday 24th...water cooled over night ...at 0800 it was back to 56..climbed back to 61-62 by days end...crappie were very willing once the wind let us play...gust felt near 40.....steady most of the day Angry..again live bait worked better than plastics...hit the upper creak for awhile but the wind was too much to work the toon....85-90 fish day with a few really nice fish..lots of small aggressive males..mid week should really turn on if temps stay up

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4/25/16 @ 5:27 PM
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Jim Kopjo
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MEMBER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
Report is from Saturday 23rd...started at 0800 at the ramp water was 53 and climbed all day until 1600 when we left it reached 64-65...still not seeing blackened males ...and the females eggs are no where near the drop stage...color of the water is still stained but cleared as the sun hit it and warmed...mild winds made for easy boat control and we had 85-90 fish day on the clicker...slip-bobber and minnow worked but our plastics weren't bothered much....seeing a ton of staging fish...couple more hot sunny days and it will get nuts out there...

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4/20/16 @ 7:34 AM
MuskyManiac5
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MEMBER since 4/20/07
jeff, yes you are allowed on the lake, in fact you can use the big motor to load your boat but that is all.

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4/19/16 @ 11:07 PM
jeff.georgalas
jeff.georgalas
USER since 5/5/11
Question guys. I've got a 250 on my boat, and I believe this lake only allows 9.9's, correct? Am I allowed to fish this lake if I never drop my motor into the water and just use my trolling motor?

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4/18/16 @ 8:08 PM
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Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
MEMBER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80º F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
Report is from Sunday 17th..Finally got out to the lake this year...weather had us sitting more than fishing....first 100 fish day....males haven't taken on the blackened look of the spawn yet...and the females weren't swollen....more bites on live bait than jigs....water started at 52º in the a.m. and topped at 66º at 16:00...lots of shad sparkling on the surface...wind was changing direction a lot making boat control fun.. Tounge Out..sorry no pic's...

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4/14/16 @ 3:44 AM
Insane1
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USER since 12/23/05
Anyone have a current water temp? Thx!

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