Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

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2/18/18 @ 9:23 AM
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Abumatic
Abumatic
USER since 5/8/10

MOON PHASE (8%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Snowing

ICE DEPTH
10 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F

Was out yesterday with my dad and 4 other guys. Fished the south half of the lake. Got out at 830 and we were glad to see most of the snow was gone and all slush now frozen. Started shallow in 12' of water around a brush pile. Everyone caught fish, mostly gills with some crappie ( 1 keeper crappie 4 gills). headed deeper to trees. First spot in trees 34' of water, caught crappie consistently for 30 min only 1 keeper. Decided to move again. 4 guys headed deeper my father and I just a bit shallower. Fished 30' of water. Fish suspended at 24' and we caught them one after another for just shy of 4 hours. Was fun but lots younger year classes anywhere from 5" to 10" fish. Most fish were caught on Tungsten Mooska jigs with J and S custom plastic. Blue jig Orange tail with waxie was best with all purple and purple with white being great as well. Green did nothing( surprised). The bigger fish came on Gold Swedish pimp with 1 waxie....that said I caught  5" fish on the pimp a few times as well. My father and I kept 6 fish a piece. I cant stress enough on taking a spud bar, yesterdays snow coverd the ice again and I have attached a picture of bad spots you will fall through if you step on. Spud bar went through with little effort and these were open all the way through not just to another layer of ice. I found a half dozen of these spots through out my travels from southwest half way to the far east trees. Be safe! stay on top

Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County Photo
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2/17/18 @ 7:10 AM
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fishin pole
fishin pole
USER since 1/19/08

MOON PHASE (4%)
Waxing Crescent

Was out yesterday. Made my way out to the deep trees. Most spots I fished had anywhere from 7-9 inches of solid ice under 3 inches of half frozen slush. I was breaking through the slush with almost every step. 

I would guess that, that all froze solid over night. I would strongly suggest using spikes on your boots.

As far as fishing, I caught crappie pretty much all day. Kept 6 nice crappie and I did get into a few gills. I got one keeper a little over 8 inches.............F.P.??

Edited on 2/17/18 7:12 AM
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2/14/18 @ 11:23 PM
Abumatic
Abumatic
USER since 5/8/10

Was out to the road bed yesterday from boat launch.Some areas of thaw and refreeze where you break through to water and then another 6 to 8 inches of ice others just slush under snow. Found some areas with no slush. I could see plenty of wet slushy areas from handicap pier to somonauk point. Had 8" of ice at bridge under 2 inches of crap or 3 inches of slush depending where you were. Ice was pretty soft as well with plenty of air bubbles in it. Was gona go tomorrow bt think I wait for things to crisp up a bit Thursday night. Will post ice conditions for south end Friday PM.

Edited on 2/15/18 11:09 AM
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2/14/18 @ 2:40 PM
itsSimple
itsSimple
USER since 6/16/13

I was out this past Sunday. Ice thickness was about 9”. Water was flowing out of each hole I drilled. Assuming it was due to the weight of the snow on top of it. Landed a nice cat and a few small perch. Didn’t move around much because it was a pain pulling the sled in the snow. 

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2/14/18 @ 8:32 AM
fishin pole
fishin pole
USER since 1/19/08

Had anyone been out here as of late?

Looking for ice-snow conditions?

Thanks..... F.P.

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2/2/18 @ 6:04 PM
clint_sands
clint_sands
USER since 1/20/12

ALERT: PLEASE SHARE. NIGHT ICE FISHING HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR FEB 3RD. NORMAL PARK HOURS WILL BE IN EFFECT 8 AM to 6 PM.

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2/2/18 @ 7:55 AM
Abumatic
Abumatic
USER since 5/8/10

Depends where your at. Some bays I have fished were fairly clear by shabby standards. Last weekend just outside of nmz was like 4 " of clarity. Road bed varied depending on depth/how close to creek channel. Trees were better bt only good clarity I found was in bays. Panfish and catfish bite was great!

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2/1/18 @ 9:51 AM
TH Muskie
TH Muskie
USER since 12/27/11

Is the water still stained on Shabbona or has it cleared up?

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1/25/18 @ 5:13 PM
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Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Raining

ICE DEPTH
12 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F

Just a quick added report to what we did/saw yesterday....started near the area out from the campground shoreline....everything we saw was near bottom....water had a lot of color to it...I walked toward earthen pier 2 and guy's were working cribs there...dropped the camera and water was worse near bottom as far as clarity...caught a few...they wanted the long wedgie instead of the creature baits...headed to e.p. 4 and checked out some cribs there...pretty much the same thing....bite was better deeper....decided to hit some trees and headed out there....noticed the mudline...extended north and south...not sure how fast it moves based on flow/melt off of snow...bite was definitely better there...but so was the clarity..had 2 close to 12 with several 10-11...had 31 on the clicker when I pulled the plug...all c&r..hope this helps you guy's...

Crappie Professor
(708) 601-1962
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1/24/18 @ 4:28 PM
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Jim Kopjo
Crappie Professor
USER since 5/22/15

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
12 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Ice was 12 inches every where I walked....I'll put up a full report after tonights game...last minute invite to the Blackhawks game...activity level was more than the conditions I read on the weather channel....checked the creek on the way in and it had a moderate flow ...cleaner than the storms normally make it...special thanks to the 2 guy's giving me a heads up on where to enter onto the ice....as I was checking the safeness of travel they hollered and pointed a way out onto the ice...more later gotta run...

Crappie Professor
(708) 601-1962
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