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Walleye Will 16
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3/31/15 9:43 PM CST
I am looking to go to shabbona this weekend. I am just wondering if the docks are in? Also I was wondering if anyone has been there this season.

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3/26/15 8:21 AM CST
From the Illinois DNR. Just an FYI.

The lake was initially stocked with 30,000 tiger muskie fry in 1976. The stocking success was excellent with 53 tiger muskie collected in the fall electrofishing survey of 1976. The lake was again stocked with 286 tiger muskie fingerlings in 1980.

After that, they went to pure strain muskies in the early 80's. So rumors of tiger muskies in the lake were true but they are long gone now and are all pure strain muskies.

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3/25/15 10:57 PM CST
I have been on a Muskie rescue, part of Oswegoland Fishing fools. The only purpose was to put musky that went over the dam, back into the lake. All the musky were silver and one time over 50 were returned to the lank.

My biggest was caught in Kincaid Lk., a 48 incher, released!

Smile

fishin pole
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3/13/15 7:03 PM CST
Ice Depth: 13"
Fished all day and probably caught around 25 crappie and 1 small walleye. Kept a nice limit of crappie. Ice was solid for the most part ranging from 13-15 inches where i measured. 2 to 4 inches of watery slush on top of the ice.Didn't have any problem walking on and fished the deep trees....F.P. Tounge Out

wishin4walleyes
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3/10/15 7:05 PM CST
Thanks TH for the info. Guess my source was not as reliable as I thought, but I do remember two Tigers, or maybe it was Silver, muskie state records coming out of Shabbona. But, that may have been in the seventies and eighties.

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3/10/15 9:33 AM CST
Puke. ??

TH Muskie
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3/10/15 6:38 AM CST
Illinois does not stock Tiger muskies and they haven't stoked them in Illinois public waters since the late 80's. Shabby has all pure muskies that do go through spawn. They are not sterile, but our Illinois waters are not what they need for successful reproduction. Too much silt, too many junk fish (carp) following a spawning pair waiting to vacuum up the eggs.

wishin4walleyes
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3/9/15 7:27 PM CST
Largemouth,

Shabbona has only Tiger muskies, which are hatchery bred because they are sterile. Talked with a ranger at Dept. of Conservation in Springfield. He said that really there are only Tiger muskies in Shabbona and they are all hatchery born. They used to have secret rearing ponds throughout the park where they would raise them after bringing them from the hatchery until they were placed in the lake each year. As you come into the park and up the road you can see one of the ponds on the left. It has a "No Fishing" sign on it. There is a dried up pond bed on the right too. I had heard that they use to do that with the walleyes too. He said the taking of the muskies out of the creek below the dam has nothing to do with spawning. It is to get muskies that have gone over the dam back into the lake. I guess that's the story, but who knows. Good luck out there! Cool

limitout69
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3/9/15 1:50 PM CST
The walleyes do spawn in the lake. In fact the DNR would shock them up and take some of them to the hatchery for stocking. I don't know if they still do it, but they have done it for a long time.

largemouthmurderer
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3/8/15 1:50 PM CST
wishing for walleyes I think muskie only spawn in shallow moving water so the only muskie that will probably spawn are the ones that got past the spill way fence

wishin4walleyes
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3/8/15 10:31 AM CST
Ice Depth: 21"
I believe I read somewhere that the Muskies in Shabbona are a man bred breed and are sterile, so they have to be planted in the lake. Anybody know for sure? I believe the walleyes will reproduce and spawn. Cool

Wang Chung
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3/8/15 9:33 AM CST
Ice Depth: 24" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
Was out yesterday, Saturday. Out from 8am to 6pm. Our group of 3 only managed a dozen or so using artificial bait. Nothing on minnows. All fish were released. Meet some cool people out there. Message me if you were one of them. We were in the red pop up Eskimo fishing with the two first year women ice anglers.

All in all, it was a fun day out there. Already planning an another trip for open water with the fly gear.

- Wisconsin guys

fishin pole
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3/7/15 5:59 PM CST
Ice Depth: 20"
Was out Thursday and Yesterday. Tough bite both days. Moving around was the key to getting a few keepers. I caught around 25 crappie both days but had to work hard for a bite. Kept 9 on Thursday and got 8 keepers yesterday that I gave to a friend of mine that had 2 keepers. I don't normally have to fish but 1 or 2 spots and I fished 5 or 6 spots yesterday. Started at 8:30 but did not get my first keeper until noon.........F.P. Tounge Out

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3/7/15 1:29 PM CST
LMM......I don't think the walleyes and muskies spawn in Shabbona Lake.

largemouthmurderer
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3/7/15 11:55 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 36° - 40° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
does any one know when the walleyes and musky will start spawning?

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