Shabbona Lake hosts crappie tournament

SHABBONA – Shabbona Lake will hold its Crappie Contest Weekend from 6 a.m. Saturday, May 18 until 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19.


Very large crappie have been found in the lake recently. Prizes will be awarded based on the heaviest stringer of 10 crappie. This is an individual event; stringers may only be combined within an immediate family (ie, parents, children, siblings).


To participate, anglers must sign up at Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental and donate $5 to the walleye restocking fund. Only those who donate are eligible for prizes.


The first-place winner will have a choice of a $100 gift certificate at Lakeside, an all-day weekday pontoon rental or an all-day weekday bass boat rental. The second-place winner can choose a $50 gift certificate to Lakeside or an all-day weekday motor boat rental. The third-place winner can choose a $25 gift certificate or an all-day weekday kayak or canoe rental.


Only fish caught during the hours of the contest will be considered. Fish must be measured alive. Catch-and-release is encouraged once fish are measured. One witness must be present to verify the catch when entered.


For more information, visit or call 815-824-2581.

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