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Shabbona Lake

DeKalb County, IL
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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.
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.
A two-lane concrete boat ramp with car/trailer parking is available. Boat rentals are available from the bait shop. 2-pole and line fishing only.
304 acres
LAKE SIZE
15 feet
AVG DEPTH
6.5 miles
SHORELINE
840 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
10hp
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Hybrid Striped Bass
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Redear Sunfish
Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Shabbona Lake.
TOPO MAP FOR MEMBERS
FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUEGILL
Very Good VERY GOOD
10 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)
CHANNEL CATFISH
Excellent EXCELLENT
6 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)
CRAPPIE
Very Good VERY GOOD
Shabbona lake has a population of both black and white crappies. The average length for white crappie is 8.5 inches and 8.0 inches for black crappie. . 10 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)
HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)
Very Good VERY GOOD
Averaging 22" - 26".3 Fish Daily Creel Limit (17? Minimum Length Limit)
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Good GOOD
In the 2019 fall survey Largemouth bass were the dominate species. Largemouth bass were captured at a rate of 196 fish per hour of electrofishing. 13% of the Largemouth bass sampled were 14 inches or larger. Largemouth bass 11-14 inches long accounted for another 6% of the sample. Smallmouth bass made up 15% of the total sample of black basses in 2019.
MUSKELLUNGE
Excellent EXCELLENT
Spring trap netting catch rates continued to be high at 6.3 fish per net night. The largest fish sampled in 2019 was a 46.9 inch female that weighed 35 pounds. The average size Muskie from spring trap nets in 2019 was 36.8 inches.
WALLEYE
Very Good VERY GOOD
The Walleye population is healthy with good numbers of the fish sampled over the 18inch minimum length limit. Fish over 25 inches are common. Walleye were captured at a rate of 200 fish per hour in the spring electrofishing sample. Walleye are stocked annually at a rate of 80 per acre. 6 Fish Daily Creel Limit (18" Minimum Length Limit)
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Shabbona Lake
HISTORY AND STATUS OF 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.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Shabbona Lake State Park
State Park Office
4201 Shabbona Grove Road
815-824-2106
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, David Wyffels
630-360-4185
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