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longcaster

Question for Ely dudes.

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longcaster

I was wondering if there were any roads plowed on shag? what is the ice like? I am coming up this weekend with my wife and was wondering if we would be able to get out on the lake to try for any walleyes. last year we had a blast just catching 10 inchers on the east side, anybody been out there this year?

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jslytlemn

There is a road plowed out from the DNR landing by the Grand Ely Lodge, and there is also a road out by the Seaplane Base leading over to "stinky ditch". The walleye bite has been pretty slow to tell the truth, but that doesn't mean you can't get into some. Ice is not too bad. Slush wasn't a real issue this past weekend.

I know there is a VCC ice fishing contest on Sandy Point this coming Saturday. Cheap entry fee....who knows if you enter perhaps you'll win! Good luck on Shag.

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longcaster

How thick is the ice? The contest does not sound very appealing to me- where is sand point so I can avoid it? Any other suggestions that would be an easy drive to in the car?

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fishkid

idk how thick the ice is now we have been driving on it for a while. sandy point is on the south east side of the lake. if i were you i would try a different lake for eyes its been really tough as said above.

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Steve Foss

Longcaster, Sandy Point is the first point off the DNR landing near Grand Ely Lodge. If you want to avoid the area you can just drive off the U.S. Forest Service Seaplane Base on the lake's western end. You get there by turning left at the first stoplight as you come into town from the west, and then making another left a few blocks up at the second (yes, second) West Shagawa Road. The first is a dead end. The second eventually weaves around Shag so just stay on it. You'll see a water treatment plant on your right along the shore, then the plowed ice road and then the Seaplane Base.

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longcaster

Thanks for the info guys! Do you know any other lakes in the area for a back up plan that have roads plowed on them, White Iron, Farm, Birch?

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caseymcq

If you don't have your heart set on walleyes you could take some of the plowed roads on Burntside and try for lake trout.

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jeep guy

I don't think I would go venturing off of the roads a long ways. Last week I had my 4-wheeler buried knee deep in slush. Its not much fun wading in water when its -10. I was heading towards the islands to the left of sandy point.

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caseymcq

... Last week I had my 4-wheeler buried knee deep in slush. Its not much fun wading in water when its -10...

That definitely doesn't sound like fun.

I definitely wouldn't recomend driving off the plowed roads if you don't have good tires. I have had my truck off the plowed roads but have stuck to larger open areas where I wouldn't expect a much in the way of current and the snow wasn't very deep in an attempt to avoid slush. I hit one pocket of slush but it wasn't enough to slow the truck down. Sure did make a mess of my truck though.

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longcaster

Jeep- that is exactly why I don't want to try "off roading" especially with the wife along and am wondering where there are roads to drive on.

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Great Outdoors

This is one year you won't have any long series of roads plowed on any lake with the ice and slush conditions being what they are.

It is not a normal year in any way, shape, or form.

Looks like you are out of luck. frown

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