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Lake Information

County: DeKalb

Acreage: 316

Average Depth: 15.26 feet

Shoreline Length: 6.5 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? unlimited hp, No Wake

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.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status


Very Good

A total of 140 Bluegill were sampled. The 2023 sample showed similar results to the 2022 survey. Fall relative weights are stable and good. Spring age and growth data shows a fast-growing population with fish reaching 5 inches in 2 years.



Channel catfish have had excellent growth with good numbers of fish 15 inches and larger. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily creel limit, no minimum length limit.


Very Good

Shabbona Lake has a population of both black and white crappies. Black Crappie were the dominate species in the 2023 sample. Both species have good relative weights for all size groups sampled. Both species have excellent growth reaching over 8 inches in 2 plus years. White crappie number in the 2023 survey will be monitored in the future. Site Regulation: 10 fish daily creel limit, no minimum length limit.


Very Good

The sizes of fish are averaging 22" - 26". Site Regulation: 3 fish daily creel limit, 17˝ minimum length limit.



Shabbona has an excellent Largemouth population. Fall electrofishing surveys have averaged 127 fish/hr over the past 8 years. The 2023 fall survey showed rebounded numbers from the 2022 survey. The weak 2022 year class is evident in both the spring and fall 2023 surveys. Age and growth data from the spring 2023 survey showed a population with good growth reaching legal size in 3.8 years and 12.3 inches in 3 years.



The Muskie population continues to be stable with size distribution similar to previous years, even with decreased overall catch per unit effort in 2023. Fish in the 30-38 inch remain the dominate size group sampled.


Very Good

The Walleye population is healthy with good numbers of the fish sampled over the 18-inch minimum length limit. Fish over 25 inches are common. Walleye were captured at a rate of 344 fish per hour in the spring electrofishing sample. Walleye are stocked annually at a rate of 80 per acre. Site Regulation: 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.

Lake is unlimited horsepower, however no wake for all boat motors.

All Fish: 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only

Site Regulations:
Large or Smallmouth Bass: 1 fish daily limit; 14˝ minimum length limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: 10 fish daily limit; no minimum length limit
Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily limit; No minimum length limit
Pure Muskellunge: 1 fish daily limit; 48˝ minimum length limit
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass: 3 fish daily limit; 17˝ minimum length limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye: 6 fish daily limit; 18˝ minimum length limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: 10 fish daily limit; no minimum length limit

Contact Information:
Shabbona Lake State Park
State Park Office
4201 Shabbona Grove Road
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, David Wyffels

There were 4 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 52
Smallmouth Bass 3

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2020 tournaments:

1     5.69 lbs
2     4.50 lbs
3     3.44 lbs
4     3.25 lbs
5     1.75 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2020 tournaments:

1 55.13 lbs
2 13.56 lbs
3 11.25 lbs
4 0.00 lbs