About the League

About the League


The Shabbona Lake Young Angler's Fishing League is a free and open-to-the-public league for children and teens ages 3-17 that meets for six 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.


*Our Mission: The mission of the Shabbona Lake Young Angler's 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 the Shabbona Lake Sportsman's Club and Pokanoka's Café.


*Note: All children under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied by a consenting adult at all times. Thank you!




About the Staff



Deanna Tausch (Director): Deanna is returning as the director of the league for the 6th year. She participated in the league as a child and is pleased to have the opportunity to give back to the community and serve as a director for the league. Deanna enjoys being a part of the league because it allows her to work with local youth in her hometown. She recently earned her Bachelor's Degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Northern Illinois University, and will be working as the Music Teacher at a local school district this fall. She also serves as an assistant for the Clinton Township Public Library's Summer Reading Program. You can contact Mrs. Tausch by phone at (815) 517-8048, or by email at younganglersfishingleague@gmail.com.




Tim Tausch (Director): Tim is returning as a director for the league for the 7th year. He moved to the Shabbona area when he was in elementary school, and worked at the Bait Shop at Shabbona Lake State Park in high school. Tim enjoys being a part of the league because it allows him to use his leadership skills and knowledge of fishing and the outdoors together in one place. Tim is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, and also serves as an Assistant Scout Master of BSA Troop #139 in Waterman, IL. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Network Communications Management from DeVry University, and serves as the President of Tausch Technologies Inc. You can contact Mr. Tausch by phone at (815) 501-8439.