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 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 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 Pokanoka's Café and Tausch Technologies.


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




About the Staff


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Tim & Deanna Tausch (Directors): Tim and Deanna are returning as the directors of the league in 2020 for the 8th consecutive year. Tim and Deanna both participated in the previous 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 serves as an Assistant Scout Master of BSA Troop #139 in Waterman, Illinois, where Deanna is also a merit badge counselor. 


Outside of the league, Tim holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Network Communications Management and works as a Network Engineer for Sundog IT, and the president of Tausch Technologies. Deanna holds Bachelor's Degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Northern Illinois University, and works as an elementary school music teacher in Kaneland CUSD #302, and as a library assistant at the Clinton Township Public Library in Waterman, Illinois.


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


The Shabbona Lake Youth Fishing League also runs with the help and support of several volunteers including: Mitch Lave, Sarah Schilling, Nick Cipra, Evan Ostrander, and Kody Williams. 


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!