Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County

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8/17/17 @ 7:29 AM
MARLOWE44
MARLOWE44
USER since 6/19/13

Any size motor is allowed to unload/load. 10 HP limit while navigating lake.

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8/16/17 @ 11:54 PM
itsSimple
itsSimple
USER since 6/16/13
I too have a navigator 165 with a 90 hp Evinrude. I also have a 9.9 kicker as well. Am I allowed to bring the boat to this lake as long as I don't use the big motor?

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8/14/17 @ 2:50 PM
jbird68
jbird68
MEMBER since 1/24/05

I have a 90 Hp Mercury Optimax. But I also have a 1980 6 hp Evinrude that I use for lakes with HP limits. It doesn't scream across the water but it's almost twice as fast as using my electric trolling motor. And it doesn't create much wake pushing a 16.5 foot Alumacraft Navigator 165CS. I bolted a seperate transom board so it wouldn't scratch the paint while taking it off and putting on.  

Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County Photo
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County Photo
Shabbona Lake, DeKalb County Photo
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8/14/17 @ 6:24 AM
TH Muskie
TH Muskie
USER since 12/27/11

Perfectly said ... If you don't like the rules of the lake, GO somewhere else to fish.  It is that simple.

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8/13/17 @ 7:42 PM
fish56
fish56
USER since 1/25/07

Now what about all the guys running a 15hp motor with a 9.9 cowl or decal on it? If the DNR checks your model number, you're in for a fine, as well.

Is it really that difficult to play by the rules? Shab is too small a lake with a lot of pressure on it. 

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8/13/17 @ 8:10 AM
Lund 50
Lund 50
MEMBER since 12/26/01

I am surprised  that you have not been caught before. Your argument is an old one that opens up a whole can of worms an has not been adopted on any lake that I know of.  Your idea is very difficult to police . 

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8/12/17 @ 6:43 PM
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jeff.georgalas
jeff.georgalas
USER since 5/5/11

MOON PHASE (75%)
Waning Gibbous

You're still in violation, and I hope you get ticketed.  No motor over 9.9 means exactly that.  Not go slow and don't make a wake.  If you don't like a rule, try to get it changed or fish a different lake.  You're a violator the same as a poacher.

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8/12/17 @ 10:08 AM
lunker75
lunker75
USER since 12/13/13

I have been fishing that lake for years with a 35hp johnson and then i bought a new boat with a 60hp merc and  i just  cruise very slow with no wake less than a 9.9 wide open and never once was stopped or hassled  NO WAKE is the key SLOW AND EASY AT SHABONNA GUYS THATS ALL !!!!!   tite lines to all

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8/11/17 @ 2:10 PM
anthony714
anthony714
USER since 10/22/11

right, no rhyme or reason to those ridiculous stipulations they have............why not let the 32 fountain dual 502 mercruiser take a hot lap at 94 mph around shabonna..them walleye fishermen wouldnt mind.. ridiculous stipulations..i agree 

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8/11/17 @ 7:21 AM
MuskyManiac5
MuskyManiac5
USER since 4/20/07

Nope, if over 10 hp, trolling motor only.  Illinois has so many ridiculous stipulations on their lakes.  Down in central Illinois at Evergreen, a 900 acre lake, it has the same regs as Shabbona!  But if you go over to Dawson, in the same county, a lake the size of Shab you can use the big motor like Pierce.  I know one is run by the county and the other by the DNR, but I can't wait to retire and move to the North-woods, where the fishing is way better anyway!  4.5 more years!

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