For Direction To Park Use: 100 Preserve Road, Shabbona, IL 60550
Bait Shop (815) 824-2581 Park Ofc (815) 824-2106 Cafe (815) 824-2481

Lakeside Bait Shop, Boat Rental & Tackle

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Shabbona Lake’s #1 Experts

We stock only what works at Shabbona Lake.

Shabbona Lakeside is now OPEN for the WINTER SEASON

Lakeside will be open everyday, 7 days a week,
Monday – Thursday 8AM to 12PM
Friday – Sunday 8AM to 2PM

We will have a full line of bait, tackle & fishing licenses.

If you want to rent a boat, please call ahead so we can have one available for you, call 815-824-2581. (Leave a message and we will get back to you.)

Check Out Fish Pictures from 1998-2012

The staff of Lakeside Bait Shop, Boat Rental and Tackle are courteous, friendly and willing to help you get the best of your trip to Shabbona Lake. Since 1998, this has been a family operated business. On any given day you can find a Sands family member in the shop ready to assist you. Let’s start with Denny who as many of you know as the “expert” of Shabbona Lake. Denny has been highly involved in the Park and Lake since it’s beginning. You won’t find anyone who understands how to fish Shabbona Lake better than Denny. Denny’s son, Clint and daughter-in-law Heather, have taken over the day to day operations of the business. Clint literally grew up on Shabbona Lake and is a wealth of knowledge like his father.

Denny has passed on his love of fishing to his children (Becky, Aaron & Clint) and grandchildren. Clint and his wife, Heather, both work in the bait shop along with Becky’s children (Christian and Anthony). This business is truly a family tradition that will carry on for generations. Stop in and let us help you make your trip to Shabbona Lake all you expect it to be!

The bait shops offers:

  • Shabbona Lake boat rental specials (pontoon, bass fishing boat, motor boat, row boat kayaks, canoes and paddle boats)
  • bait
  • tackle (specific to Shabbona Lake)
  • fishing poles
  • fishing hot spots map created by Denny Sands
  • candy & snacks
  • water & pop
  • alcohol
  • tons of pictures of fish caught at Shabbona Lake
  • pictures of the land before the lake was created
  • Illinois State Lottery

- Clint & Heather

60 thoughts on “Lakeside Bait Shop, Boat Rental & Tackle

  1. I know that we have to be out of the park by 5 pm after november 1st. Is the bait shop open after november 1st as well. what are the hours.

    • The bait shop and cafe will reopen once the lake is frozen. Hours will vary depending on whether conditions. Feel free to call 815-824-2581 before heading out the park to check if the bait shop is open or closed.

  2. what kind bait I use to catch record? I own pole that work and know much cast. I win prize more this day if I know bait. Will use stink for bass?

    • When do you close down boat rental ? looking for Oct 4th and 5th
      your web site for boat rental reservations seems to be corrupt.

  3. We never catch anything here and we use a lot of live bait.We gotten skunked 2 times.We fish from a boat.And we are comeing back in the fall
    We need better spots or better bait or this lake is not stocked at all
    And we only caught one big fish and it was a nine pound channelcatfish
    But I got a perch rapala floater would you think that would work?
    Is this lake number one anymore?

    • I recommend that you call the bait shop at 815-824-2581 so they can give you specific fishing tips for the day you plan on fishing. The weather and conditions change daily so it’s always best to call or stop in the bait shop for the best information. ~ Becky

  4. Me and my friend we are 13 and 14 and we caught 6 20+ inch catfish in the creek under the railroad tracks close to shabbona grove road we caught creek chub and put them on big hooks and the catfish hit it on every cast but we didnt have heavy enough line so we missed most of them or alot of them

  5. Do you have large suckers in season for Muskie and northern fishing? Can you rent a cabin during week on property? Looking to rent a poontoon for a full day for my son and I to fish next week. Thanks

  6. Do you ever sell your rental boats to buy newer ones? And if so how would I find out about any for sale. Thanks

  7. where to go and see the asian carp. I am visiting chicago wanted to know where can I go and rent a boat to see the asian carps in action. Please let me know thanks

  8. Hi. Are there cabins for rent on the lake? Or nearby? Was thinking of renting a place for a week around July 4th. Any ideas? Thanks. Bill L.

  9. Hi. just seeing if you guys would be interested in buying my rafts to use with your rental business. Wavepads is the most durable water raft on the market. I would sell the rafts to you guys at wholesale.Wavepads rafts come in a variety of sizes and colors and we can professionally custom any design on the top side of the raft. We can do any any design. With these rafts there no hassle of having to blow up a raft. All it takes is to unroll it and ur ready to go. For the larger size rafts. Its so easy to walk on water. These rafts are made for people with boats and pools. It can be used on lakes, rivers, oceans, and pools.If you are interested in our products, you can visit us at
    We can be reached at 224-444-wave (9283). Thank you and have a great day.

  10. Anyone know how the bass fishing is now? Thinking of coming there Monday. Also if anything else is biting an on what. Thanks!

  11. Are you open during the week of March 25th, 2013?

    If not, Where would you suggest is a good place to get licenses and bait?


  12. I have two questions:
    1. Is the lake open yet for icefishign?
    2. Is ice-fishing only allowed during the weekend during the season?


  13. what kind of live bait do you have. can you please email me the prices. I Haven’t fish there sine the early 90′s

    • For live bait pricing please call the bait shop 815-824-2581. We do carry the follow live bait: nightcrawlers, leaf worms, wax worms, chicken liver, shrimp, leeches (in season), crappie size minnows, bass size minnows, 4″ sucker minnows and 10-12″ muskie suckers (in season)

    • I recommend that you stop in the bait shop so they can give you the best advice for the day. Or you can call them at 815-824-2581.

  14. Wondering: What’s the fishing like at Shabonna in mid-to-late September/early Oct.ber? i’m thinking along the lines of SHORE fishing for Catfish — but if there are any other species of fish in the shallows: “what” would those be?Thanks!!!

    • Muskie, Catfish and Bass will be shallow in October in and along the weed lines. Stop in the bait shop the day you arrive for the best fishing tips for that day.

  15. How much does it cost to rent a boat, & motor for the day for two? Could you please send me complete information on prices re: rental fee’s, 1 day fishing license, & time’s you are open? When is the best time for musky fishing, & can you troll?

  16. I have a kayak that I might try to bring out there on a saturday morning soon. Can I put in anywhere on the lake? Thanks

    • You can kayak on the lake. There is a map next to the main boat launch that shows you where you are allowed to Kayak.

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