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Lake Information

County: DeKalb

Acreage: 304

Average Depth: 15.26 feet

Shoreline Length: 6.5 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status


Very Good

10 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)



6 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)


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)


Very Good

Averaging 22" - 26".3 Fish Daily Creel Limit (17˝ Minimum Length Limit)



In the 2018 fall survey Largemouth bass were the dominate species. Largemouth bass were captured at a rate of 156.5 fish per hour of electrofishing. 14% of the Largemouth bass sampled were 14 inches or larger. Largemouth bass 11-14 inches long accounted for another 8% of the sample. 1 Fish Daily Creel Limit (14" Minimum Length Limit)



Spring trap netting catch rates continued to be high at 7.9 fish per net night. The largest fish sampled in 2018 was a 44.7 inch female that weighed 28 pounds. The average size Muskie from spring trap nets in 2017 was 35.4 inches. 1 Fish Daily creel Limit (48˝ Minimum Length Limit)


Very Good

The Walleye population is very good with a nighttime electrofishing rate of 248 fish an hour. Fish between 15 inches and 20 inches were captured at a rate of 198 fish and hour. Walleye are stocked annually at a rate of 80 per acre. 6 Fish Daily Creel Limit (18" Minimum Length Limit)

Location: 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.

Description: 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.

History and Status of the Sport 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, hybrid striped bass, and muskie. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are stocked when available or when a poor year class has been identified.

Additional Lake Information: 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.

Contact Information:
Shabbona Lake State Park
State Park Office
4201 Shabbona Grove Road
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, David Wyffels

There were 2 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2019.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 40
Smallmouth Bass 3

Multiple day tournaments are listed with * end date.

Interested in participating in one of these public tournaments? Contact us with tournament ID for more information.

2020 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
July-1115722PendingMain Ramp boat
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
August-2315088PendingMain Ramp boat
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass