Fishing, Lakes & Rivers

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Between the lakes and nearby rivers, the area boasts an incredible sport fishery. Anglers can find walleye, pike, perch, rainbow trout and all manner of pan fish in the immediate area.

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell have large populations of walleye, northern pike, crappie, bluegills, perch, largemouth and small mouth bass. The two lakes are connected by a canal built during the long and interesting northern Michigan logging era. The canal was originally built so lumbermen could float timber from the shores of Lake Mitchell to waiting sawmills on Lake Cadillac. Today the canal serves as a convenient link between two of Michigan's most popular fishing lakes.

Together Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell offer over 3,700 acres of prime fish holding habitat. Lake Cadillac is approximately 1,120 acres in size and features over 400 acres of prime fish-holding weed cover. A fertile body of water, 50% of the lake is 15 feet deep or less.

Lake Mitchell spans over 2,580 acres with approximately 2,000 acres dominated by lush patches of aquatic cabbage weed. Over 95 percent of the lake is less than 15 feet deep

Lake Missaukee spans over 3,800 acres of prime fish holding habitat as well.  Located just east of Cadillac, in Lake City.

Show off your catch, take it to Pilgrims Village (M-115/M-55) and they'll take your picture and put you on the web.

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Chippewa Landing

10420 Chippewa Landing Trail
Manton, MI 49663
Phone: 231-313-0832

Pilgrims Village Bait & Tackle

181 S Lake Mitchell Dr.
Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: (231) 775-5412

Bait Shop North

104 S Main St
Lake City , MI 49651
Phone: 231-839-3474

Bosman's Canoe Livery

8027 S M-37
Wellston, MI 49689
Phone: (231) 862-3661

Millers Corner Bait

6991 W Jennings Rd
Lake City , MI 49651
Phone: 231-839-0440

Pine River Paddlesports Center

9590 South M-37
Wellston, MI 49689
Phone: 231-862-3471
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Fish Michigan Specials

We want you to experience the great fishing available in our lakes and rivers!  Come to Cadillac!

Nestled in the northwest corner of Michigan, 1.5 hours from Grand Rapids (Straight up US-131), and 45 minutes south of Traverse City.  We have three large bodies of in-water (Lake Cadillac, Mitchell and Missaukee) coupled with three awesome rivers (Pine, Manistee and Pere Marquette Rivers) offering year around angling opportunities.

The following area specials are offered, Click on the Blue Hyperlink for property details, advanced reservation required.  Use FISH MICHIGAN at check in and receive a food voucher and coupon to Pilgrim Village Bait & Tackle Shop:

  • Holiday Inn Express and Suites  We would love to  accommodate our "fishing friends" during your fishing excursions in the Cadillac area.  Our hotel has been newly renovated for the guest.  All the guest rooms have a refrigerator and microwave.    There is also a great hot breakfast, pool, hot tub and fitness center for our guest.  Our rates start at $110.00 per night.    We look forward to serving you.  
  • Evergreen Resort.  We are minutes from our lakes and rivers, with ample parking and 27 holes of golf.  We have put together a 15% discount rate plan good from now through June 24th.  It can be booked directly through us or through our website using the promotional code fish1.   
  • Coyote Crossing Resort.  We are just off M-55 west of Cadillac, minutes from the Manistee & Pine Rivers.  We offer an April Fishing Special! Weekdays in April $109.00 per night (4 person max) 2 night stay min.   Weekends in April $139.00 per night (4 person max) 2 night stay min.  Our cottages sleep 6.
  • Hampton Inn - Cadillac.  We offer a 12 % discount  - when making a reservation ask for the “Fish Michigan” rate.   Available beginning September 8, 2015.  We are a full-service hotel with complimentary breakfast.
  • Chippewa Landing.  We are a full service campground, offering 50% off Canoe Rentals for the month of May.  Must bring a copy of this web page with you.

Print out this survey, and make sure you fill out the survey at CHECK OUT, turn it in to the hotel and we will mail you a FREE Fish Cadillac T-shirt to thank you for fishing in our area!

Printable depth map of both Lake Cadillac & Lake Mitchell

Pilgrim Village Fishing Report


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For additional pictures of fish being caught on our lakes, go to our website Pilgrims Village Fish Report Page.    If you would like to receive the fishing report to your inbox send your email address to:

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