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Old 04-11-2003, 02:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am planning on going to Shabbona next week, can I rent a boat there? I would really just like to take my trolling motor and put around all day. Will this work or would I just be wasting my time? I rarely have days off and I do not want to waste it. I would like to catch any species really....bass, gills, cats, maybe even try for the elusive musky. Should I just stick to shore fishing, or is that a waste too?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 04-12-2003, 06:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes you can rent boats and also motors there. I can't really say how the fishing is I haven't been there this year yet . Good Luck Trapper
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Old 04-17-2003, 07:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't know where they hang out during the day, but camping and bank fishing in the evening and early morning we caught a fair number of catfish on cutbait the last few days. (report in catfish forum)
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Old 04-18-2003, 12:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Usually Shabbona is the last lake to get going. Last I heard water temps were still mid-40's. Usually the first fish to get going are the crappie. You can usually find them relating to fish cribs and they are very catchable from the shore. Surprisingly half crawlers under slip bobbers have done better than minnows during the early season. If you have an outboard I'd suggest dragging crawlers on 3way spinner rigs at Heidecke or even hitting some of the smaller local lakes that have warmed up. The Kankakee backwaters have been decent too. The spawn should get going very soon for LM.

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