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Post Posted: 07:39am - Aug 25,10 
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Hey everyone!! Me and a couple buddies are going to Shabbona for the first time this sunday. We are getting there saturday night and leaving sunday night. Renting a boat too. Any tips?? Hows the fishing been there lately?? Read the Sun-Times report this morning. Anyone have anything else to add?? Thanks everyone!!

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Post Posted: 08:49am - Aug 25,10 
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Talk to the guy in the bait shop, he knows what is going with the best bait /areas. He'll have a map ready to show you.

So far the best targeted species seemed to of been panfish and catfish.

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Post Posted: 09:10am - Aug 25,10 
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Thats what I've been hearing too. Hopefully we can pull some bass out of there as well. I think that we will talk to the boat guys too, I am sure that they have some info they can pass on.

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Post Posted: 09:13am - Aug 25,10 
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You might have to go deep for the bass... drop shot.

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Post Posted: 09:22am - Aug 25,10 
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What would you reccomend on the drop rig? Plastics or live?

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Post Posted: 09:28am - Aug 25,10 
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Though bite, live. Or try to get some pan fish and use em.

I had luck with Gulp on 1/16 th Darters..

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Post Posted: 09:36am - Aug 25,10 
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Any particular gulp?? Lol... sorry for all the questions..

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Post Posted: 10:40am - Aug 25,10 
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pm sent.

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Post Posted: 10:45am - Aug 25,10 
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Every year a decent summertime bass pattern is fishing the slop both early and late. Buczzbaits or T-rigged grubs can be good in some of the spots that have open pockets as well. Once the sun is high I like working the first break with X-Raps, which usually produces some musky action too. If you are interested in musky, just find the shad schools and troll crankbaits around them. You can get musky there 5-10 feet down over the deepest parts of the lake as long as you are around the shad schools. The reality is that summertime at Shabbona can be tough, but if you hit the right windows you can have a productive day.

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Post Posted: 12:03pm - Aug 25,10 
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Matt has way more experience at this lake then I. I think he has some great suggestions.

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Post Posted: 12:17pm - Aug 25,10 
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Thanks fellas!! I truly appreciate all the info!! Hopefully after we kill em this weekend I will have some pics to throw up here!!

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Post Posted: 08:33pm - Aug 25,10 
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See Denny Sands at Lakeside. That is the baitshop in the state park. He will hook you up with whats going on with the bass. Also check Shabby's website as well. The bass have been hitting well along the deep weedlines. Now that the water is colling, that will change.

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Post Posted: 10:05pm - Aug 25,10 
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Thanks Travis! I wish I had more time to spend out there. The nice thing about Shabbona is that patterns seem to work year after year. From what I have heard the shad are thick this year, so the trolling pattern is a good bet to be productive. Funny thing about that lake though is you might stick multiple fish one night and go back the next and not get a sniff. Shabbona can be a finicky and humbling lake.

I would 100% agree about stopping in to see Denny. He is a living database for that lake and will definitely give you superb advice. Good luck on your trip.

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Post Posted: 07:41am - Aug 30,10 
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Well guys, that was some trip. Ha. We didnt catch anything besides a blue gill and a baby striper. We were throwing everything we could out there on sunday. We spoke to Denny, the boats guys...everyone we could. Did everything they said, along with your ideas and others. And still not a thing. Man, thats a tough lake. Though its a beautiful spot, tough tough fishing. Plus it ended up being mid 90's temp out there, so I am sure that it didnt help at all. Anyways, was still a great time. Just too bad we didnt have more success.

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Post Posted: 10:30am - Aug 30,10 
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I have fished Shabbona twice and caught only one or two. The last time, there were 4 of us and we rented 2 boats and fished all around the lake and threw everything from bait to artificials and caught 2 between us and they were small. So don't feel bad. Maybe it is the pressure on the fish and maybe the time we went (also in the summer) and mainly because we probably don't know the lake enough to eliminate areas of which we wasted time. It is a nice place though--clean with all the amenities.

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Post Posted: 12:24pm - Aug 30,10 
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It is a though lake. Glad you gave it a try?

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Post Posted: 12:29pm - Aug 30,10 
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Oh, of course!! I am always glad to give a new place a try. Nothing beats being out on a lake, other than being out on a lake catching fish!! lol. I am sure I will get out there again, hopefully when the conditions are more favorable. All this hot weather put a damper on their appetite, I am sure.

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Post Posted: 01:18pm - Aug 30,10 
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Did you try fishing the trees for any Crappie?

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Post Posted: 02:29pm - Aug 30,10 
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Sure did. Didn't get any bites. We each had 2 poles out at a time with crappie minnows and crawlers when we were targeting the crappies.

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Post Posted: 02:44pm - Aug 30,10 
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When fishing the treel line for crappie, what depth should I fish a minnow? I have tried the 2 times on the lake in that area and all I do is lose equipment. Would a cane pole vs a rod be more adaptable to the trees so one can fish straight down?

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