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Shabbona Lake

DeKalb County, Illinois
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Shabbona Lake is a popular recreational destination located in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. The lake covers an area of about 318 acres and is surrounded by a beautiful park that offers a range of outdoor activities for visitors.

Shabbona Lake was created in the 1970s by damming the Shabbona Creek, which flows into the Fox River. The original river channel can still be found along with old road beds and standing timber creating a unique fishing experience. The lake is named after Chief Shabbona, a Potawatomi Indian who was known for his peaceful relations with white settlers in the area.

The lake is a popular destination for fishing, with a wide variety of fish species including largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill, and walleye. There are also several fishing tournaments held at the lake throughout the year. 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.

In addition to fishing, the park offers a range of other recreational activities such as camping, hiking, boating, and picnicking. There are several picnic areas throughout the park with tables, grills, and restroom facilities. The park also has several hiking trails, including a 3.5-mile trail that circles the lake and offers scenic views of the water and surrounding forest.

The lake has a marina where visitors can rent boats and other watercraft, as well as a beach area for swimming. There are also several campsites located throughout the park for those who wish to spend the night.

Overall, Shabbona Lake is a great destination for anyone looking for a fun and relaxing outdoor experience in the beautiful Illinois countryside.

How big is Shabbona Lake?
Shabbona Lake is approximately 318 sq acres (1 sq km) in size with 7 miles (10.5 km) of shoreline.
How deep is Shabbona Lake?
Shabbona Lake is approximately 40 feet (12.2 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 15 feet (4.6 m).
What kind of fish are in Shabbona Lake?
Anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye in Shabbona Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Crappie and Redear Sunfish.

When are the best fishing times for Shabbona Lake?
Today fishing looks to be moderately active with peak fishing times around 6-7 pm. For more more best fishing times visit our Shabbona Lake Fishing Forecast page. Lake-Link Pro Members can get detailed fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and species specific for Shabbona Lake.
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Shabbona Lake Reviews

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bill s.
3 star rating
The crappie and largemouth bass fishing on this lake is decent, but the lake is relatively small and there are way too many boats on the water (especially on the weekends). Also, despite heavy stocking over the last few years, the walleye population hasn't seemed to take off.
Reviewed May 12, 2012
john m.
sycamore, Illinois
5 star rating
great crappie,bass fishing all year around big cats as well we usually leave with our limits :)
Reviewed Apr 18, 2010
john m.
sycamore, Illinois
4 star rating
shabby is a close get away for our family of 6 we go there almost every weekend if it is just us or takeing the oldest to ISHA fishing practice.
Reviewed Feb 12, 2010
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