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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.

Lake Status Summary  ( 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 2015 sample was 50% black crappie and 50% white crappie. The average length for white crappies was 8.5 inches and 8.0 inches for black crappies. The largest white crappie collected in 2015 was 12 inches and the largest black crappie was 10 inches. 10 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)


Very Good

Averaging 22" - 26". The stripers are plentiful and strong this year on Shabbona. 3 Fish Daily Creel Limit (17˝ Minimum Length Limit)



In the 2015 fall survey largemouth bass were the dominate species. 15% of the Largemouth bass sampled were 14 inches or larger. Largemouth bass 11-14 inches long accounted for another 16% of the sample. Both size groups will provide quality fishing for 2016. 1 Fish Daily Creel Limit (14" Minimum Length Limit)



Spring trap netting catch rates continued to be high at 8.6 fish per net night. The largest fish sampled in 2015 was a 46.3 inch female that weighed 28 pounds. The average size muskie from spring trap nets in 2015 was 35 inches and weighed 13 pounds. 1 Fish Daily creel Limit (48˝ Minimum Length Limit)



Smallmouth bass made up 12% of the total sample of black basses. 23% of the smallmouth bass in the sample were 14 inches or longer. The 2014 year class of smallmouth bass is strong and will help to rebound catch rates in 2 years. 1 Fish Daily Creel Limit (14" Minimum Length Limit)


Very Good

The Walleye population is strong with 50% of the fish sampled in 2015 over the 18" minimum length limit. 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 County Biologist:

There were 3 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 56

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1     3.65 lbs
2     3.50 lbs
3     3.20 lbs
4     0.00 lbs
5     0.00 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1     65.35 lbs
2     50.55 lbs
3     0.00 lbs

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

2019 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Open to Public?
August-1711514PendingMain Ramp boat
6Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass