Expert gives ice fishing talk

SHABBONA – Shabbona Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental will host the second annual Lakeside Ice Fishing Seminar from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Pokanoka’s Restaurant.

The Crappie Professor, Jim Kopjo, will speak. Kopjo is a tournament ice fisherman who competes in several states.

Last year’s seminar was “packed,” and organizers expect this year’s attendance to be similar. The entire seminar will also be viewable online at, and through a live video feed. Check the day of the event for the link to view the video on the platform of your choice.

This is a great opportunity for those new to ice fishing or those who have not ice fished in some time. For those who ice fish a lot, there is always a chance to learn more. Kopjo will cover such topics as safety, ice jigs, bait, shanties, clothing, augers, depth finders, underwater cameras, rods and tackle, GPS and maps, and more.

All ice fishing tackle at the shop will be 10 percent off that day. If any items run out, they will be special-ordered at the discounted rate.

There is no fee to attend the seminar, but a suggested donation of $5 per person will be collected at the end to cover the speaker’s costs. Those in attendance are free to give more or less, based on how much they think they benefited from the seminar.

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