Big Muskies captured at Shabbona Lake

Shabbona Lake is coined the Muskie Capital of Illinois.  Having several state record muskies caught there over the years, the lake still produces big fish.

Photos taken by Duane Landmeier, President of the Quad Counties Chapter of Muskies Inc.  show just that.

Landmeier was at Shabbona on Wednesday, April 17 while the IL DNR fisheries biologists netted 42 muskies in a lake survey checking on the muskie population.   They checked weight, length, and sex of all fish captured.

The largest fish was over 46" and weighed 34.839 lbs.  Of all the fish collected, the average weight was just over 16lbs and average length over 36".  The fish were fat and in good shape.   Total weight of all muskies captured was 697.99 lbs.

All fish were released back into Shabbona Lake.

On Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st, Shabbona Lakeside Bait, Tackle will host a Mega Big Fish Contest Weekend at Shabbona Lake.  Hours are 6 AM – 7 PM both days.  Cost is FREE however a donanation towards the lake's fish stocking fund is requested.This will be a multi-specie contest so you can pursue your fish of choice.  Included are Muskie, Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Catfish and Striped Bass.Visit for details.

Shabbona Lake State Park is located in Southern DeKalb County, about 25 minutes southwest of DeKalb.

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