Local Fish Guru - Steve Knaisel and one of his many big catches!
See below for updated fishing conditions... and fishing resource list.
Printable depth map of both Lake Cadillac & Lake Mitchell LakeDepths.pdf
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.
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.
FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC & MITCHELL
Sunday May 19th, 2013
The sequester has not affected the fishing. But the rain, snow and wind has slowed things down. Every thing was turning on at once. Soon this cold front will pass and things will return to normal.
The missing gills and sunfish started biting in the shallows here and on other area lakes. The coves on Mitchell is the place to find them. The warm afternoons will find them as shallow as 2 feet. There's no evidence of them spawning or making beds. They seem to enjoy the warm sun.
Limited crappie catches are coming from both lakes. Many are in the 11-12 inch range and are as big and round as a dinner plate. Easiest fish to find come from Lake Cadillac in 8 to 10 foot depths outside the State Park, canal area. Boat Anglers are finding schools. Those we've seen at the cleaning station have not spawned yet. Egg sac's are tight and small. These catches will last for some time. Shore fishermen are still waiting for them to come to the shallows. Still no numbers coming from the causeway on Cadillac, a favorite place for shore fishing.
Walleye, everyone's favorite fish, are co-operating on both lakes. Thank the DNR for the stocking programs. One of the better areas has been outside the canal, swimming beach on Lake Mitchell. At dusk and into the dark, Anglers in waders are casting Rapalas and cashing in. Several boats troll the area nightly. Usually there's no need to measure because they've been 16 to 22 inches. A few are caught during the day however as has been the pattern, the best bite is after dark
Visit the Pilgrim Village and see what's
new for the 2013 Season as we chage
over to Summer.
You've been warned. Your 2012 Fishing License expired 3/31/2012. The 2013 licenses are the same price.
No increase. This is the time to get a 15 percent discount if you purchase 4 or more
licenses at one time. Some restrictions apply.
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: email@example.com
Fishing Resources in the Greater Cadillac Area
Guide Tim Roller www.ultimateoutfitters.com (Guide for the World Record Brown Trout on Manistee River)
Captain Dave Deforest website at http://www.salmonslammin.com
Michigan's Hooks and Bullets Magazine at www.hooksandbullets.com
For BBT Tournament standings go to www.bbtbass.com
For The Tear Drop Bass Tournament standings go to www.teardropbass.com