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SHABBONA LAKE


Lake Information

County: DeKalb

Acreage: 316

Average Depth: 15.26 feet

Shoreline Length: 6.5 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? unlimited hp, No Wake

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.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2021

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

6020

2021

Muskellunge

Adult

327

2021

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

11859

2021

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

49694


Additional information for stocking on SHABBONA LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Very Good

10 fish daily creel limit, no minimum length limit.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

6 fish daily creel limit, no minimum length limit.

CRAPPIE

Very Good

Shabbona lake has a population of both black and white crappies. Black Crappie were the dominate species in the 2021 sample. Both species have good relative weights for all size groups sampled. Both species have excellent growth reaching over 9 inches in 2 plus years. It seems that White Crappie could be specifically harvested over Black Crappie; they have a max age of 4 in the sample. Black crappie sampled have a max age of 8. 10 fish daily creel limit, no minimum length limit.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Very Good

Averaging 22" - 26". 3 fish daily creel limit, 17˝ minimum length limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

Shabbona has an excellent Largemouth population. Fall electrofishing surveys have averaged 150 fish/hr over the past 6 years. The Largemouth bass population is strong with a PSD of 70. The 2021 survey showed a slight increase in CPUE of fish in the 12-15-inch size group. Relative weights for all size groups remain good like previous years.

MUSKELLUNGE

Excellent

The Muskie population continues to be stable with size distribution similar to previous years even with decreased overall catch per unit effort in 2021. Fish in the 30-38 inch remain the dominate size group sampled.

WALLEYE

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.

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 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.

Additional Lake Information: A two-lane concrete boat ramp with car/trailer parking is available. Boat rentals are available from the bait shop.

Lake is unlimited horsepower, however no wake for all boat motors.

All Fish: 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only
Large or Smallmouth Bass: 1 Fish Daily Creel Limit (14˝ Minimum Length Limit)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: 10 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)
Channel Catfish: 6 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)
Pure Muskellunge: 1 Fish Daily creel Limit (48˝ Minimum Length Limit)
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass: 3 Fish Daily Creel Limit (17˝ Minimum Length Limit)
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye: 6 Fish Daily Creel Limit (18˝ Minimum Length Limit)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: 10 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)


Contact Information:
Shabbona Lake State Park
State Park Office
4201 Shabbona Grove Road
815-824-2106
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, David Wyffels
630-360-4185

There were 4 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2021.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 94

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2021 tournaments:

1     5.40 lbs
2     4.25 lbs
3     4.07 lbs
4     4.06 lbs
5     3.44 lbs

Top 5 Total Tournament Weight of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2021 tournaments:

1 89.00 lbs
2 34.00 lbs
3 31.80 lbs
4 0.00 lbs