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:

7/18/2017
Chicago River, Cook County

More of the trip on the river 7-11-17

7/18/2017
Chicago River, Cook County

Report is from 7-11-17

Finally had time to hit this very close to home hot bite...guys have been telling me stories for quite awhile and I finally had an off day to get there....we launched at the ramp at Western Ave. ..after a nice ride in you'll notice the scenery change from an industrial park setting to one of parks, greenery and river edge walk ways....very cool...we caught fish at almost every spot checked...numbers were great and size was above average for the area...even the crappie were thick and abundant ...they had the spawning colors on,which I thought was late in the season,but with the turbulent weather we've seen I guess it was happening...water clarity was better than 3 feet and the casted plastics, plain were smacked on almost every cast!!!

7/18/2017
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Report is from 7-12-17

water was in the mid 70's at the start...got started after a great breakfast in Big Rock....we set up outside a large weed edge....got a few bites...broke one off and had one come unbuttoned after a brief battle...landed a catfish and then it happened....a very bright flash and we decided to head in to check....yep a huge front was with in minutes of the lake...phone signal was weak and a weather check on the water didn't show it...motored to the launch and made it to the safety of the truck and waited it out...45 minutes or so...and we packed up for a long ride home....we will be back and give it another shot....never had time for the crappie...

7/17/2017
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Report is from 7-9-17

water was 76º at the launch....wind kept it from warming...wind also kept us cooler than the sun would have felt with out it...had three generations out today and the young gun had a blast...crappie bite was slow but the keepers made for a great fish fry later...60-65 on the clicker...

7/17/2017
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Report is from 7-8-17

water temp was 74º at the ramp...never climbed as we fished...some bass were active in the morning....crappie were still shallow....some bigger ones  were caught near the deep trees....wind kept us from getting closer...55-60 on the clicker