About the League

About the League

The Shabbona Lake Youth Fishing League is a free and open-to-the-public league for children and teens ages 3-17 that meets for 4-6 weeks over the months of July and August, and allows children and teens to learn how to fish while participating in a friendly fishing competition.


The only thing you need to bring to participate is a fishing pole and some bait! Bait and fishing poles are available for purchase at the Bait Shop at the lake.


*Our Mission: The mission of the Shabbona Lake Youth Fishing League is to provide a fun and educational environment for children and teens to learn how to fish, and participate in a friendly fishing competition with their friends, families, and peers.


The league is sponsored by Tausch Technologies and receives support from Thrivent Financial and Heartland Cable Broadband. If you are interesting in donating to the league, please contact Deanna at (815) 517-8048. 


*Note: All children under the age of 13 MUST be accompanied by a consenting adult at all times. Thank you!

About the Staff

Tim & Deanna Tausch (Directors): Tim and Deanna are returning as the directors of the league in 2024 for the 12th consecutive year. Tim and Deanna both participated in the former Shabbona Lake Young Angler's League as children and are excited to have the opportunity to give back to the community and serve as a directors for the current Shabbona Lake Youth Fishing League. Tim is also an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and spent several years as an Assistant Scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout Troop.

Outside of the league, Tim holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Network Communications Management and works as a Network Engineer for Sundog IT. Deanna holds Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance and a M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education from Northern Illinois University and works as an elementary school music teacher in Kaneland CUSD #302. Tim and Deanna are also parents to a very active 3 year old boy!

You can contact Tim & Deanna Tausch by phone at (815) 517-8048, or by email at shabbonayouthfishing@gmail.com.

If you are interested in being a volunteer for the Shabbona Lake Youth Fishing League, please feel free to contact us. We are always looking for new volunteers to assist with the league!