Stocking Reductions planned for Shabbona Lake

  • April 13, 2018 at 2:09 pm #2608'ToddM

    I went to the Quad County Hawg Hunters meeting last night.  They had Aaron and Clint Sands as guests to discuss what the biologist for Shabbona lake is proposing, a 2/3 cut in stocking.  Instead of 1 fish per acre, per year, the proposed srocking will be 1 fish per acre every 3 years.  The reason cited is the average weight of the fish has declined slightly and the desire by the biologist to manage the lake as a trophy fishery.  The biologist estimates there are 1000 adult fish in the lake.  Most everyone who fishes the lake disputes this number.  The biologist would like to cut that estimate in half.  Forage and other species are fine.  They also said there are too mamy walleyes in the lake but no stocking reductions for them is planned.


    Naturally everyone is against it.  Shabbona is a lake where local fisherman go to catch a fish.  To get a true trophy, they go to minnesota or canada.  If there were illinois trophy hunters they would fish lakes that get few fish on the C list like argyle and canton.  Does not happen.  This lake can be tough to fish by good musky anglers with alot of experience on the lake.  Taking fish out will only make the fishing worse.  Hopefully they will change their mind.  I hope this won’t be a trend.

  • April 14, 2018 at 9:02 am #2609'Tim Crews

    This has nothing to do with creating trophy fisheries. This was a result of the dynamite industry lobbying efforts in Springfield. If the fish per acre is reduced, then the hillbilly Sox fans down in Shaboner will need more dynamite to limit out.

  • April 14, 2018 at 9:17 am #2610'ToddM

    Tim, did you go off your meds?

  • April 17, 2018 at 8:24 pm #2615'MuskyMob1

    hmm they should take remainder of the stocked muskies and dump them in loon lake or the chain

  • April 17, 2018 at 9:05 pm #2616'Tim Crews


    Since you live in the Deep South, you should be familiar with Saturday night musky bakes over at Gomer’s trailer. Using the confederate flag as a table cloth is a nice touch.

  • April 17, 2018 at 9:24 pm #2617'Tim Crews

    The Loon Lake homeowners association wants no musky in their precious  lake. They had a cow when the FRV club stocked some tigers in there a few years back.

    There are way too many Muskies already in the Chain and I already caught it! I think the state is looking for ways to repay the money they stole from the teachers pension.

  • April 18, 2018 at 8:26 pm #2621'ToddM

    We need to keep a good relationship with the DNR.  Maybe things can get better once they start hiring more people.  The goal should be build it and they will come vs throwing poop at the wall and seeing what sticks.  In the mean time i need to take you fishing and feed you a few happy pills!

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