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:

5/22/2018
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

Report is from 5-22...water was 62º at the launch at 0800....climbed a little ...hit 64º when we left....crappie were still shallow and most females had all their eggs....most are also sporting the blackened colors....55-60 on the clicker with 16 making the trec home .....tried some deep trees to mix things up and we did see some larger crappie there...but the smaller crappie are there in large numbers also....water remained at 2-1/2 feet of clarity on the seechi disc....rain didn't change it much....graphed the new trees and the fish are already relating to them....all trees were placed by existing trees or areas....bait shop will have the locations if your interested....

5/22/2018
Heidecke Lake, Grundy County

Nice catch on the crappie....

5/21/2018
Heidecke Lake, Grundy County

report is from 5-20....last minute trip ....needed to run the record feature on the Bird and didn't have time to head to Shabby....winds were howling and the yellow flag was up when we launched...saw the red one flying when we came in....hit some protected areas and the fish are still mostly prespwn...in between the mapping we fished awhile and ran into a guide working for walleye....he was having a good day....clicker hit 55+ with 30 kept...wish I had more time to learn this lake...

5/21/2018
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

report is from 5-19....had another cold front to deal with...temps dipped to the low 50's over night and the water was 65º when we started...artificials were working and we mixed in the live bait....not much on the minnows...casting and covering water seems to up the numbers...just need to work slow....clicker hit 50+ with only 15 making the cut...one nice one topped out at 13 1/4....

5/21/2018
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

report is from 5-18.... winds were blowing a little today so we picked areas we could cast and work....numbers were good but again the larger fish are harder to catch....water was 67º when we started and slowly climbed to 70º at days end...we did see several boats running the gas motors in the NMZ....guess the rules didn't apply today...lol...even had three guy's in a very small pontoon that looked very close to the over loaded limit....hope they stayed safe the rest of the day....