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:

10/21/2017
Evergreen Lake, McLean County

Report is from 10-26-17

started around 0830....water was calm and not as high as I thought it would be...color was ok also...was 65°....live bait worked but the fish were very slow to move for us....caught 30-35...with 23 making the fish fry....as the day drew to a close the winds were howling and we tried to combat the wind and called it off around 1700...found active fish shallow and deep just never found a huge amount in any area...played around with a Garmin unit and it was pretty cool to see fish and lures as you caught them and retrieved through cover

10/19/2017
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Water climbed several degrees from yesterday....near the nmz we saw 65°...fish were even more lethargic today than yesterday....had a great morning bite....as soon as it got calm and sunny the bite stopped...not normal for sure...even tried the deep trees....had several light bites but nothing came to the surface...had 40-45 on the clicker with 16 making the trip home...sorry no pictures


10/19/2017
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Trip was on Weds. Oct18th.. Started around 0900....was cool in the morning ....but once the sun broke it got warmer as the day wore on....had three kids with grandma and grandpa...what a great day out there, was worried with all the rain we got that the water would be very muddy.....fields had some large puddles on the way out.....looks like the lake is now at normal pool/or level....Clint at the bait shop stated that the lake came up around the 12 inches it was low....had a little color to it but not bad....we ended with 60 on the clicker with 18 making the cut....each spot held fish but we would only get a few fish at each stop....even though we could see the schools below they weren't real active....got a lot of smaller fish today....may take some time for the big ones to show..

10/14/2017
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Report is from Oct 1st....started later in the a.m.....worked out great....sun felt good as we chased the crappie.... Lombard Fishing club and a grandpa and grand daughter as part of the crew....they had a blast....again smaller crappie were active ....we landed enough for the fish fry later that evening....seeing a ton of bait ....not many boats out...sorry no pic's

10/14/2017
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Report is from Sept 30th.....started a little later in hopes the temps would climb....they did and the weather was decent....fish were active once found....caught a lot of smaller fish...only cleaned 18....think the clicker was near 65-70....with the new  pontoons positioning and turning will take some time to dial in...the front casting deck is pretty cool....no pic's sorry