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:

5/17/2018
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

report is from 5-17.....started at the nmz ...not many guy's out today....winds were calm and you needed to move or twitched to get bit....water was 67º when we launched 0800 and climbed to 73  by the time we left....water was clearing up a bit...back to 2 1/2 feet on the seechi...color c lector had us mixing a little blue in the jigs and it was working until the clouds rolled in....back to shad and lime chartruse..seeing a lot of bluegill mixed in this year.....guy's boated well over a 100 and we cleaned 17...

5/16/2018
Evergreen Lake, McLean County

report is from 5-14...started at 0800...water was 60ºand climbed to 70º in the afternoon...was 93º air temp when we left....not much shallow...saw larger schools in the mid depths...hit some freshly fallen trees and did good...2 feet on the seechi disc...minnows out fished plastics almost 70 caught and few kept for dinner...

5/16/2018
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

report is from 5-16...started up the nmz...several boats working the shoreline....lot's of smaller crappie....also saw a very large amount of shad working the shore...also starting to see carp in the weedline rutting....water was 62º at 0800 and climbed to 72 when I left....50 on the clicker with 18 making the cut...more on plastics again...nothing huge but enough for "Pop's" to have dinner...great time guy's...thanks... 

5/16/2018
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Report is from 5-13 ...little colder...Air dipped to 54º...with the water starting at 60º...slowly climbed to 63º at 1330...30 total for nice gentleman....with 13 kept for dinner...casting around wood was key...

5/16/2018
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

report is from 5-10 ...water was a little cloudy....seechi was 1-1/2 feet of clarity...ended with 45-50 on the clicker...plastics again out fished live bait...