Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

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11/15/17 @ 6:05 PM
FISHING REPORT
Jim Kopjo
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USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (7%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

Got out on 11-14....wind was blowing from the south east....the east bay was the only calmer area...numbers and size were way down...we enjoyed the Panoptics  again....that technology is great...we pulled the plug early and beat the traffic on the way home...water never got over 40°...most on live bait with a few on the jigging rap's...(bass-pro version) 

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11/11/17 @ 6:59 AM
FISHING REPORT
jsw84
jsw84
USER since 12/26/16

MOON PHASE (40%)
Waning Crescent

Report for Friday 11/10

THANK YOU VETERANS!!

First it was COLD!!!! Out from 9:30-4:00.  Water temp 44 and 45 degrees all day. Caught around 17. Kept 9. (a couple of those were a bit small but I was cleaning them and after braving the cold i deserve a meal  lol) I only hit the North side cribs. I had minnows but I either didn't give them a good enough try or they liked jigs better.  Small tube jigs (some under a float some not) (the ones that cover the elongated lead head) were best. Biggest came from the earthen pier furthest North. The most active crib (a lot of smaller) was the deepest one by the roadbed. Very delicate "tick" or just hanging on the jig. Because of this, I missed quite a few. Had to work for them for sure. God Bless

Edited on 11/11/17 7:19 AM
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11/9/17 @ 11:26 PM
Jim Kopjo
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Don't spend a lot of time on any one area....just check a few depths and move on...if they are there you'll know pretty quick... 

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11/8/17 @ 8:58 AM
jsw84
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Sounds good. So the regular cribs won't be wasted time?  (They still could be there?) 

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11/7/17 @ 3:35 PM
Jim Kopjo
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That's a good start....I would also check wind direction...sometimes areas are hard to stay over as it cranks out there...if you hit shallow areas the crappie sometimes in the late fall will relate very close to bottom....don't give up on a spot until you check several depths first....

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11/7/17 @ 8:42 AM
jsw84
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Planning on going out Friday JIm.  With the colder weather, do you suggest starting in trees? Or at least the deeper cribs and deeper brushpiles?

Edited on 11/7/17 8:43 AM
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11/7/17 @ 8:22 AM
Jim Kopjo
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Hope to get out to the lake this weekend...enjoyed the fall bite through October....temps dropped a little quicker this year than previous seasons...might be time to prep the ice gear...

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10/27/17 @ 2:08 PM
crappie13
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Welp. Went and walked a little bit today and couldn't believe that I saw some ice forming on the rocks. Gonna check again next weekend to see if there's any more but it looks like warmer weather. DANG IT! Might even have to bring the sled out just in case. Won't be long and we'll be on the hard water ladies and gents! 

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10/27/17 @ 12:16 PM
MrSunman
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FYI, water temps have dropped from the low 60's last weekend to around 52.    Fall bite should be turning on with fall finally arriving.  Good luck!

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10/21/17 @ 4:25 PM
Jim Kopjo
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Hey Cripler

The dropping temps make a few things happen that force the fish into some very good patterns and locations in the fall.....the first thing to respond to the change is the shad....once the temps start to drop they will ball up in huge numbers and crappie will stage in certain areas to ambush them as they pass....the first turnover/mixing of the water will happen soon and then it will be very easy to locate and catch them....they get very aggressive after this and we usually see great fishing up to Thanksgiving...as long as you can tolerate the cooler weather...

Edited on 10/21/17 4:25 PM
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