PROSTAFF PROFILE:
Jim Kopjo

Jim Kopjo
HOMETOWN:
Brookfield, IL

Jim Kopjo, known as the “Crappie Professor”, has over 30 years of on-the-water experience and 14 years of running a very popular guide business in northern Illinois. Through his aggressive style of fishing, he is able to quickly establish patterns which makes for informative seminars. Jim travels over most of central and northern Illinois presenting fun and information packed seminars to fishing clubs and outdoor shows. He has participated in the open water Crappie USA tournament trail and the North American Ice Fishing Circuit.

Jim also enjoys volunteering with several local biologists in the designing, placement, and preservation of habitats. The Crappie Professor carries a boat load of professionalism and technical skill and enjoys sharing with others his knowledge and craft. You can contact Jim at echo29@sbcglobal.net.

Recent Fishing Reports:

6/12/2017
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Report is from 6-10-17...got to share some boat time with a great angler...Greg has given me hand tied jig's that work well for panfish pegged below a small float...need to get some more of those..!! kinda like a fuzzy grub just smaller for crappie and bluegill...we ended with 55-60 on the clicker with a nice mixed bag by day's end...water was 71º and still stained for this time of year... 

6/12/2017
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Report is from 6-9-17...ran the mixed bag pattern again this morning...hunted for crappie to finish the trip...crappie are very active once you find them...size is still down from the spring...not sure if the up-down temp's are to blame...or the year is the sign of smaller average fish...maybe in a week or so things will settle to some normalcy ...had a young gun on the boat and he had a blast with the cats...

6/12/2017
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Report is from 6-8-17..water was 66º at the start and 69º by mid-afternoon...did a mixed bag to start and finished hunting crappie before the afternoon hours...had 45-50 on the clicker...

6/12/2017
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Report is from 6-7-17....this was the first evening trip this season...focus was on crappie and we tried several areas and caught fish at most places we looked...had to try new areas to get away from the eastern wind...tried a few deeper spots and boated some nice size crappie...numbers are still good ..

6/12/2017
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Report is from 6-7-17 ...Had a great group of friends out today and the ribbing between them was fun to be a part of...ended with 60-65 on the clicker ...we tried the mixed bag early and ended the day crappie fishing...