SHAG LAKES"Shag Lakes are two of the best lakes in the area for big bluegills, and last ice is a great time to fish for 'em," suggested Dan Gorcella of Carpenter's Outdoor Outfitters in Marquette.
Located in southeast Marquette County, Big and Little Shag lakes are just southwest of the town of Gwinn. Gorcella said that Little Shag is the best of the two, but both have a reputation for producing plenty of 8- to 10-inch 'gills on last ice. Last ice comes late in the Great White North of the U.P. It's possible to still be ice-fishing in mid-April.
Gorcella said that the key to finding the biggest bluegills in Shag Lakes is to keep moving and probe the drop-offs in 10 to 15 feet of water. Typical bluegill fare, like teardrops and wax worms, accounts for plenty of limit catches on last ice.
10" bluegills on Shag Lake??? Huh. Who knew?
And if you want to fish this "hot spot", Charters are available:
Big Shag Lake
Big Shag Lake has a total lake surface area of 194 acres. This smaller Upper Peninsula lake produces Northern Pike, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Tiger Musky and your standard panfish such as Perch.Tiger Muskies which are a species of fish that are part Muskie and Northern Pike can be caught up to 40” long in this U.P. inland lake. These fish are great fighters are the top predators in this body of water.The walleye population of Big Shag Lake is small, but the average length are 14” to 24” long. Not bad, but they are very hard to find.Charter Fishing Rates
$300 for 2 people 1/2 Day or 7 Hours
$350 for 3-4 people 1/2 Day or 7 Hours
Morning or Evening Trips Available.
We also give discounts if you book multiple trips for a season. Give us a call to find out more about this Upper Michigan fishing opportunity. Trips can be lengthened or shortened with price adjustment.