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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 ....

[This post was last edited on 7/27/15 at 6:22 PM]

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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?

Basspro05
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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.

Walleye Will 16
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6/30/15 5:00 PM CST
I was looking for a small outboard moter to get on the lake under 10hp wondering if anyone had one for sale.

JIM KOPJO
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FISHING REPORT
6/29/15 3:03 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Sunday June 28th...was cool at launch time ..but the day warmed up nicely...by lunch we were comfortable and catching crappie... Big Smile..water was a lot more stained than the day before...water is coming in off the fields and hopefully the weeds will filter it out...bass fishing was slow...and the cats moved off the flats...just like earlier in the season with the crappie....temps and cold fronts have them moving...wind is flipping every other day...north to south...takes some searching but we find them ...crappie were good...got some nice ones with the average being the bulk of the catch...


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JIM KOPJO
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FISHING REPORT
6/29/15 2:47 PM CST
more pic's

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JIM KOPJO
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FISHING REPORT
6/29/15 2:38 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Saturday 6-27th CoolWith the heavy rain and cold front blowing through the night before we hit the water expected it to be tough.....it was a good day despite the conditions...casting our flukes was good for finding fish .. but we didn't get hooked up until the live bait was soaked over them...to say they were sluggish is an under statement... muskie were seen and boated near us but we were casting for bass and never seen them in our boat... Tounge Out.. crappie that we caught and cleaned were done spawning and the numbers were good but the size was running a little smaller...weather I'm sure had the bigger fish sluggish...the 8-9 inch younger fish were very aggressive .. got a few nicer ones .. catfish were up on the spawning areas and active...we even saw the catfish swirling up on the surface...water color in certain areas is very stained and the clearer water harder to find..fish in the cleaner water were more active

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