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