Below are special fishing regulations for Shabbona Lake as regulated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. For complete fishing regulations for Illinois click here.

Please note that the special regulations above may be revised at any time by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources without notice. For complete fishing regulations check with your local DNR.

Fishing & Boating
Whether fishing from a boat or shore, both are popular and productive at Shabbona Lake, which is stocked with large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass, black and white crappie, black and brown bullhead, channel catfish, walleye, muskie and perch. For fish catch and size limits, contact the park office.

Lake access is available from a double-lane launching ramp. Boat motors are limited to a 10 horsepower maximum. However, an 18-acre upper fishing area is a no-wake zone where only the use of electric trolling motors or rowing is permitted. For further details, including information on special sailing regulations, contact the park office.

Swimming and/or wading is prohibited at Shabbona Lake. This regulation is strictly enforced.

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Lakeside Bait, Tackle and Boat Rental will be opening for the season on 5/29/20.  The bait shop will be open from 6 AM to 7 PM seven days a week.  Boat rentals will be available from 7 AM to 6 PM daily.  We will be announcing when Pokanoka’s Cafe and The Camp Store will be opening.  THE STATE OF ILLINOIS IS REQUIRING ALL CUSTOMERS TO BE WEARING A MASK WHILE IN THE CONCESSION BUILDING AND ON THE RENTAL BOATS. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A MASK YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING OR ON THE RENTAL BOATS. WE WILL HAVE MASKS AVAILABLE FOR SALE FOR $2.00 EACH.

We ask that all our customers please be patient as we will be opening in the middle of our season, training new employees and implementing new safety regulations