Fishing, Lakes & Rivers

Local Fish Guru - Steve Knaisel and one of his many big catches!

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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.

Printable depth map of both Lake Cadillac & Lake Mitchell

Pilgrim Village Fishing Report



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