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SHABBONA LAKE


Lake Information

County: DeKalb

Acreage: 304

Average Depth: 15.26 feet

Shoreline Length: 6.5 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

6063

2018

Muskellunge

Adult

320

2018

Striped Bass x White Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

9096

2018

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

29055

2019

Bluegill

Fingerling 1 - 3"

6772

2019

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

4214

2019

Striped Bass x White Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

9090

2019

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

28640


Additional information for stocking on SHABBONA LAKE


Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Very Good

10 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

6 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)

CRAPPIE

Very Good

Shabbona lake has a population of both black and white crappies. The average length for white crappie is 8.5 inches and 8.0 inches for black crappie. . 10 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Very Good

Averaging 22" - 26".3 Fish Daily Creel Limit (17˝ Minimum Length Limit)

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

In the 2019 fall survey Largemouth bass were the dominate species. Largemouth bass were captured at a rate of 196 fish per hour of electrofishing. 13% of the Largemouth bass sampled were 14 inches or larger. Largemouth bass 11-14 inches long accounted for another 6% of the sample. Smallmouth bass made up 15% of the total sample of black basses in 2019.

MUSKELLUNGE

Excellent

Spring trap netting catch rates continued to be high at 6.3 fish per net night. The largest fish sampled in 2019 was a 46.9 inch female that weighed 35 pounds. The average size Muskie from spring trap nets in 2019 was 36.8 inches.

WALLEYE

Very Good

The Walleye population is healthy with good numbers of the fish sampled over the 18inch minimum length limit. Fish over 25 inches are common. Walleye were captured at a rate of 200 fish per hour in the spring electrofishing sample. Walleye are stocked annually at a rate of 80 per acre. 6 Fish Daily Creel Limit (18" Minimum Length Limit)

Location: Shabbona Lake is located in Dekalb County approximately 2 miles south and 1 mile east of the city of Shabbona. Take US 30 east into Shabbona. Follow blue tourism signs at the west edge of Shabbona.

Description: Shabbona Lake was constructed in 1974 for recreational fishing. Shabbona Lake has 318 surface acres of water. The lake has an average depth of 17.5 feet deep and a max depth of 40 feet. The original river channel can still be found along with old road beds and standing timber creating a unique fishing experience.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The fishery is managed by annual species-specific surveys. Habitat structures of rock or brush piles are completed annually when weather and conditions allow. Shabbona Lake receives an annual stocking of channel catfish, walleye and hybrid striped bass. Muskie are currently stocked every third year. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are stocked when available or when a poor year class has been identified.

Additional Lake Information: A two-lane concrete boat ramp with car/trailer parking is available. Boat rentals are available from the bait shop. 2-pole and line fishing only.

Contact Information:
Shabbona Lake State Park
State Park Office
4201 Shabbona Grove Road
815-824-2106
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, David Wyffels
630-360-4185

There were 3 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 56

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1     3.65 lbs
2     3.50 lbs
3     3.20 lbs
4     0.00 lbs
5     0.00 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1 65.35 lbs
2 50.55 lbs
3 0.00 lbs


Multiple day tournaments are listed with *end date and

Interested in participating in one of these public tournaments? Contact us with tournament ID for more information.

2019-2020 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
August-2315088ApprovedMain Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
September-2616759PendingMain Ramp boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
October-1716289ApprovedMain Ramp boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No