Jim Kopjo

Jim Kopjo
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

Recent Fishing Reports:

Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

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...