Shabbona Lake State Park had a critical need: An antiquated fish rearing pond had to be refurbished. The Prairie Band Potawatomi used its own workers and heavy equipment to upgrade the pond to improve survival rates for fingerlings destined for the lake.
In October, the Shabbona Lake Sportsman Club drained the rearing pond for the first time since the upgrade. They retrieved 2,371 smallmouth bass from the pond – an enormous catch – and packed those fish into the lake.
“For the Potawatomi, the waters are our life blood. The land is the essence of our cultural being,” said Steve Ortiz, Chairman of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. “We’re glad to have the opportunity to help make the State Park an even greater fishing destination for locals and tourists alike.”
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