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:

4/24/2017
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Report is for Sunday 23rd...started around 0730...water was 54º...didn't warm much through out the day....55º when we left around 15:30...never broke 11 inches ...we caught 65-70 on the clicker...20 made the ride home for a fish fry....we stayed shallower trying to find active spawners....heard the deep trees held some bigger fish....pretty busy out there....even saw a guy with his 50 hp open it up and do a few laps around the lake ....shocked they don't police this more often.....

4/24/2017
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Late report......From Friday 21st.. Got to the lake around 1130....water was stained(seechi disc reading...2feet)..surface temp56º....caught a few casting...but more on minnows....saw a lot with the new humminbird....wind was cranking...not much in boat traffic...water dropped to 54º by the time I left....action slow by the calender...hope the sun gets us back on track..