Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

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9/17/18 @ 2:17 PM
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jsw84
jsw84
USER since 12/26/16

MOON PHASE (57%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Went out for about 4 hours Saturday morning (7-11)and caught a bunch of smaller ones (probably threw back 15)but kept my 10 plenty big enough for the fry pan. Really only had to hit two cribs (13-15 ft of water) .  Slip bobber and minnows.  Best depth 7-9 feet down. Not trying to be condescending but if you aren't experienced a bit with the bobber you probably would miss many of the bites.  They were biting very softly and just moving the bobber slightly. Also, some of them were doing my favorite.....laying the bobber on it's side. :)  good luck

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9/13/18 @ 5:59 PM
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Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (19%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Report is from 9-13...Started at 0730 with a slight wind out of the east....water was71º....ended at 72º....lot's of shad still around...but the crappie were easier to spot on the bird....slip bobbers out produced plastics....sorting through will get you a limit of keepers...we boated 65-70 ...all released....will attach pic's tomorrow...saw the eagle out and about today...he's getting bigger...

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9/3/18 @ 11:20 PM
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ravaneli
ravaneli
USER since 6/9/15

MOON PHASE (43%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
Above 80° F

WHERE IS THE CRAPPIE ??

Two sessions in a row I only catch a few dinks. All the trees, all the brush piles, nothing that worked a month ago holds fish. The whole lake has lilly pads now, that's the only thing I see changed. But its too early for the fish to go in shallow water, not in that heat anyway. But I did actually try the lillies just for the heck of it and I saw nothing on the side imaging and got no bites.

I saw big schools of 'stuff' in the deep water in the middle of the lake, but i can't tell if thats crappie or shad or anything else. 

Even in early summer when the fish moved in the deep, i would catch 100 fish per trip with 7-8 keepers. I am honestly not even disappointed but really curious what happened with the fish. Any tips welcome!

i_fish

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6/28/18 @ 7:50 AM
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jsw84
jsw84
USER since 12/26/16

MOON PHASE (100%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
Above 80° F

Got out yesterday 6-27 for about 5.5 hours. Two of us kept 17 crappie. Threw back a bunch of little ones. Most around 9 inches we kept a couple tens and one 11. The most active  cribs for the last couple weeks seem to be at the tips of every point (earthen pier). Minnows or jigs with floats. Last night they were a bit deeper but Sunday they were right above the cribs. Try all depths. 

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6/16/18 @ 8:21 AM
Markie
Markie
USER since 8/25/15

Cribs or where abouts at?

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6/12/18 @ 11:33 AM
Go N Fishin
Go N Fishin
MEMBER since 4/10/06

ravaneli,

After playing that muskie for 20 minutes you need to revive for longer than a minute. Sometimes as long as 20 minutes. It might have went to the bottom and died even though it splashed and looked like it was ok.

When reviving, hold the muskie just in front of the tail, not by the mouth, and hold it upright as much as possible with a little back and forth movement to get some water/oxygen back in him.

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6/5/18 @ 4:34 PM
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The Flying Wasp
The Flying Wasp
USER since 6/5/18

MOON PHASE (60%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Got out Saturday Morning 6:30 to 11:30 am.  N/NE breeze.  water temp 71.5F.  8 to 10 FOW.  North side, across from Campground.  my son and i got right into the crappie.  Caught 20+, lost another 10+.  Mostly shorts - but kept 10 between 7 and 10 inches for dinner.  Also got a nice fat bluegill in the mix, and even a little yellow perch!.  caught em on both minnows/bobbers, and jigging tiny pink jig/tails.  a great day on the water!  

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5/27/18 @ 9:02 PM
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Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
Above 95° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

report is from 5-27..water started at 74ºand topped 80º when we left...temp in the truck was 100º when I hit 30....whew....1-1/2 to 2 feet on the seechi....crappie were very active where we tried....lots of boat traffic....group caught 125+ on the clicker with 30 kept....all minnows this trip....very calm ....cottonwoods starting to bloom so the next few days may be problematic....

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5/27/18 @ 8:12 PM
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Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

report is from 5-24   64º when we started ....again lots of shad near the shoreline rocks....bluegill are mixed in and several 10-12 inch bassmixed in...as we moved around the carp are crazy against the shore...50 0n the clicker with 2 small walleye cpr and a decent bass also cpr...weeds are still not showing but the floating stuff from the carp activity is crazy...

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5/27/18 @ 7:56 PM
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Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

report is from 5-23  water was 65º at 0900...another cold front passed and keeps the water from getting warmer...shad were back on the rocks....we used plastics and minnows...about a 50-50 split on what was working for us...water is still pretty clear despite whats going on with the weather and in flow of rain water...

Edited on 5/27/18 8:02 PM
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