We are repairing the Smallmouth Bass rearing pond. As you may or may not know, it does not drain completely, leaving stranded fish. We have contacted a contractor to install another drain pipe that will be lower than the existing drain pipe. This should fix the issue. We are awaiting an estimate (hopefully by Friday, October 2nd).
We are also going to repair the Spillway barrier fence. This fence captures Muskie & Walleye that escape from Shabbona Lake by going over the Spillway. The fish are trapped in a 200 feet stretch of water. The Muskie & Walleye are then rescued by the local Muskie Clubs and Shabbona Lake Sportsman Club Members.
The existing posts are not strong enough to hold up against the water & debris that flows thru during high water. So we are going to replace those posts with I-Beams that will not ever bend. (same contractor, Bob Kyler Escavating, Malta, Illinois)
Here is where we need help!!!!!!!
As everyone knows the State of Illinois does not have any money. There will be NO state funds available to do these projects. Shabbona Lake Sportsman Club, Friends Of Shabbona Lake State Park and of course our very supportive Muskie Clubs will all help, but with the two projects, will will need additional donations, to complete both of them.
Once we know our exact costs, we will begin a public donation period to raise funds. We want to complete these projects by the end of October.
So everybody stay tuned, spread the word, we need funds to keep Shabbona Lake the Illinois Best Fishing Lake. If you enjoy Shabbona Lake, please give back. Donations WILL be tax deductable!
We will be counting on you and others!!!