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The Cadillac, Michigan fishing opportunities that anglers can expect are awesome and include an array of fish species.

Both Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell have plenty of crappie, bluegills, perch, walleye, northern pike, large and small mouth bass.

Attractions include Adventure Island, Ski and Golf Resorts, carriage rides, & wineries. Make your next destination Cadillac Michigan!

Lake Cadillac

Lake Cadillac is located in Wexford County in the town of Cadillac Michigan. Lake Cadillac is one of the premier fishing and all-sports lakes in the West central lower peninsula. This lake is absolutely one of the best vacation lakes around. The lake is not feel busy even though it is an active lake. The fishing on Cadillac is very good all year round. The winter pan-fish and pike fishing is solid and traditional methods like tip ups work well. The spring/summer bite for pan-fish, bass, walleye and pike is very reliable. Lake Cadillac has good populations of all these species. The "Right" information for the fishing as well as all your tackle needs is at Pilgrim's Village resort and Bait shop. The Sands Resort and Sunset Shores Resort are both located directly on the Lake! The Days Inn and Adventure Island Water-park is just a quarter mile down M-115. The place to eat is Lakeside Charlie's with great food and outdoor dining and a great water-view! For weekly fishing reports and lodging contact information visit the Cadillac destination page at www.fishermansdigest.com John Bergsma-Host

Lake Mitchell

Lake Mitchell is located in Wexford County in the town of Cadillac Michigan. Lake Mitchell is absolutely one of the best pure fishing lakes anywhere in lower Michigan. The lake is connected to its sister lake (Cadillac) by a waterway and boat access back and forth is very easy. The winter pan-fish and pike fishing is solid and traditional methods like tip ups work well. The spring/summer bite for pan-fish, bass, walleye and pike is very reliable. Lake Mitchell has very good populations of all these species. The "Right" information for the fishing as well as all your tackle needs is at Pilgrim's Village resort and Bait shop located right on the shores of Lake Mitchell. The Sands Resort and Sunset Shores Resort are both located a short distance from the public launch ramp. The Days Inn and Adventure Island Water-park is just a quarter mile down M-115. The place to eat is Lakeside Charlie's with great food and drinks as well as outdoor dining and a great water-view! directly on Lake Mitchell. For weekly fishing reports and lodging information visit the Cadillac destination page at www.fishermansdigest.com John Bergsma-Host


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7-30-18

FISHING REPORT 

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY  JULY  29,  2018

Looks like more pleasant weather coming up with nice days and cooler nights.  Fishing for panfish continues to be good.  Crappie fishing still seems to be best in deeper water, like over on the East end of Lake Cadillac.  Fishing minnows under a slip bobber in 12-20' of water, the fish are susupended so set your bobber down just under half way to bottom.  We also heard of good success trolling for them with small jigs tipped with minnows on the outside edges of weed beds.  Bluegills and Sunfish have been good also.  Look for them in weed beds in 8-12 foot of water.  Fish a crawler or leach about a foot off the bottom for the best chance at success.

Bass and Pike fishing has been fun lately.  Targeting weedy areas with spinnerbaits, chatterbaits or soft plastics has been best.  Top water fishing with Frogs, buzz baits and Whopper Ploppers has been getting better the later into summer we get and is always an exciting way to fish.

Those fishing for Walleye, are still getting them mainly on crawler harnesses yet.  Either drifting with a decent wind of trolling has both been working.  Just try and keep your speed down so the blades are just barely turning and stick to deeper water.

We're starting to here some stories of accidental Salmon being caught on the Manistee River.  A few Trout and Steelhead fishermen have hooked into a some Kings even all the way up to Tippy Dam.  I probably wouldn't go looking for them there just yet, but be aware that in the next few weeks Salmon fishing in the rivers should start heating up.

7-23-18

Pilgrim Village 7th Annual Free Fishing Contest 

Current Standings as of 7/22/18

Large Mouth Bass    

Bryant Grugal     21 1/2", 4.85lb     Hewitt Lake

Small Mouth Bass              

Floyd Long   21 1/8", 5.70lb   Crystal Lake

Northern Pike                     

Matthew Jerome     43 1/8",  17.10lb      Hodenpyle Dam Pond

Walleye                           

Greg Magoon     27 3/8", 5.95lb     Lake Mitchell

Bluegill                              

Rodney Sanders     10 1/2", 0.94lb     Lake Mitchell

Sunfish                               

Greg Magoon    9 3/4", 0.79lb    Lake Mitchell

Perch                                 

Tim Johnson     12", 0.70lb   Duck Lake

Crappie                              

Rick Pearson     13 1/4", 1.27lb     Lake Mitchell

Bullhead                            

John Culp     13 3/4", 1.23lb.     Lake Cadillac

DogFish (Bowfin)             

Jon Donehoo     30", 9.08lb    Lake Mitchell

 

 

Wondering about live bait?  We carry:

- Perch minnows

- Sucker minnows

- Golden Shiners

- Wax Worms

- Red and White spikes

- Spawn

- Night Crawlers

- Leafworms

- Dillys

And to keep your exotic pets alive we carry:

- Crickets

- Mealworms

- Superworms

 

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Michigan Darkhouse Angler Association 

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Michigan's Hooks and Bullets Magazine at

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For BBT Tournament standings go to

www.bbtbass.com

 

For The Tear Drop Bass Tournament standings go to

www.teardropbass.com

 
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7-2-18

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY  JULY  1,  2018

It's hard to believe that it is July already!  Looks like it will continue to be in the mid 80's for the rest of the Holiday week.  Sounds like perfect weather to spend some time on the water.  

If you're looking to do some fishing this week it's probably best to stick to the mornings and evenings to avoid the extreme heat and the recreational boating traffic.  There will be lots of extra boats, jets skis and kayaks on the lakes so be mindful.  Panfish have been good for both Bluegills and Crappie.  Bluegills are starting to move into deeper water, fish for them about a foot off the bottom in weed beds from 6-12 foot deep.  Just a basic worm or leach under a slip bobber should do the trick.  Crappie have been in deeper water suspended about half way down in about 14 foot of water.  You're going to want to be using minnows and start setting your bobber about 5-6' down from the surface.

Walleye fishing continues to do well.  Most of the fish are being caught on live bait, trolling crawler harnesses.  Some anglers are also using leaches under a slip bobber or on a jigs as well.  Target the outside edges of weed lines in 10-17' of water.  If you're going to troll crawler harnesses the magic speed seems to be just fast enough to barely make the blades turn.

Pike and Bass fishing has been good lately.  Not much size to the Pike but they make up for it in quantity.  Most of them are of just legal size but they're still exciting to catch.  Spinnerbaits and weedless spoons like Johnson Silver Minnows are great lures to use as they seem to be able to deflect of weeds easier so you spend more time fishing and less time getting unsnagged and pulling weeds of your hooks.  We've seen some nice heavier Largemouth Bass come in lately.  They seem to finally be putting on some weight now that they've recouped from spawning.  The anglers targeting them have been mainly using soft plastics like wacky worms of swim baits, but many are being caught on accident by just about anything with a hook in it.  Bluegill fishermen are catching them on their worms and having them attack their bobbers, Walleye anglers are catching them on crawler harnesses, and those fishing Crappies are catching Bass on their minnows as well.  Chances are whatever you're fishing for you'll probable catch a Bass as well.

We're starting to hear some rumors of Summer run Steelhead also known as Skamania being caught off the Piers on Lake Michigan.  Soon they will be making their way up river and we'll be seeing them caught there too.

Gavin Fowler proudly holding his first fish.

Tim Johnson holding the new first place Perch in our Fishing Contest.  12", .70lbs is the size to beat.

Nolan Nixon holding a nice Crappie he caught from Lake Cadillac, this one is 11 3/4" and .92 pounds.

Cameron Helmboldt is the new leader for the Largemouth Bass category of our contest.  This monster is 20 1/4", 3.81lbs.

A new big Bullhead was brought in by John Culp from Lake Cadillac.  13 3/4" 1.23lbs.

 

6-20-18

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP

It's mid June and some of the best fishing of the year is right here, right now.  Bluegills and Sunfish are in the shallows guarding their beds.  Most anglers are catching them on just a worm under a bobber in 3-6 feet of water.  A few big Perch have also come in this week from fishermen who were targeting Walleyes with crawler harnesses in deeper water.  Walleye catches have still been good with a few anglers getting limits even in this heat.

Speaking of Walleye's, the DNR released approximately 200,000 fingerlings into Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell with their stocking program.  About 130,000 were released into Lake Mitchell and the remainder was released into Lake Cadillac.  The Walleye stocking is definitely working, we've been seeing a steady uptick in quantity and the quality over the past few years.  Two summers ago was the first time I ever measured a Master Angler Walleye from Lake Mitchell for a customer, and last fall I did almost a half dozen alone.  That in itself is pretty exciting, and I look forward to seeing more big fish in the future.

Rodyney Sanders is in now in the lead for Bluegills with this monster from Lake Mitchell, this one is 10 1/2", 0.94lbs.

James Poindexter has entered the first Bullhead into our contest.  13", 1.05lbs

Taylor Helmboldt has the current Perch to beat for our contest.  10 7/8", .59lb

Greg Magoon is leading in 2 categories right now.  Not only does he have the largest Walleye but he also has the largest Sunfish now too.  9 3/4", 0.79lb.  Way to go Greg.

 

 

 

 

6-12-18

FISHING REPORT 

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP

Some of the best fishing of the year is upon us.  Panfish are of plenty, with Bluegills and Sunfish in shallow starting to spawn.  They can be found in the shallows, Bluegills usually sitting on small depressions over a sand bottom and Sunfish preffer a muddy bottom.  It's pretty easy fishing too.  Just a worm under a bobber is a good way to start and is easy for kids and novice anglers to start.  Others prefer to use use small flies, spiders and poppers especially on calm mornings and evenings.  They can be a bit harder to find when the winds blow up big waves however, they usually seek refuge in deeper water just outside of their bedding area.  Crappie fishing is still good but start looking for them suspended in deeper water.  Search for them in weed beds in 8-14 foot of water and play around with the depth of your bobber.  Remember Crappie are looking up so it's better to have your minnow to shallow then too deep.

The Walleye bite has turned on again.  We've heard of multiple catches of nice fish being taken, even in the middle of bright sunny days.  Trolling crawler harnesses has been used almost exclusively to catch most of the fish.  Fishing the outside edge of weed beds in deeper water is producing the best results.

Mason Fisher Jones is living up to his middle name!  He caught this 11 1/2" Crappie off the City dock on Lake Cadillac.  

Lars Lindell caught this Brown Trout while fishing the Manistee River on Saturday.  This beauty was 20" and 3.10 pounds.

David Dye was the leader for Walleye for about 5 hours.  It's still a nice fish even if its not on top anymore.  26 1/2", 5.77lbs.

Greg Magoon is the new leader for the Walleye category of our contest.  The new fish to beat is 27 3/8" and 5.95lbs.

Every year Luke Sharp brings us a big Bluegill for our contest.  He is currently the leader with 9 1/2", 0.72lbs.

6-3-18

FISHING REPORT 

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY  JUNE  3,  2018

As we start moving farther into summer the fishing continues to improve.  Bluegill's and Sunfish are starting to move onto beds in shallow water.  They're fun to catch when they move in shallow, anything from worms, leaches or crickets under a bobber to small flies and poppers catch them.  Start searching for them in 4 to 7 foot of water setting your bobber a foot off the bottom.  

Lots of Bass are still being caught.  Most are smaller males guarding beds, but bigger females are usually lurking farther back in the weed lines.  Soft plastics has still been the go to baits.

Walleye fishing keeps moving deeper but anglers are still catching fish.  Some are catching them trolling Rapala's and Thundersticks, but most are coming from crawler harnesses or leaches under slip bobbers.  10 ft and deeper is the best depth to start looking for them at.

We've had a few new entries this week for our 7th Annual Free Fishing Contest.  So far we have a fish in every category except for Bullhead, so if you catch one bring it in and enter it!  A new Crappie, Walleye and Bluegill have been entered this week.  

 

Largemouth Bass - 19 1/2", 3.04 lb

Smallmouth Bass - 21 1/8", 5.70 lb

Northern Pike - 43 1/8", 17.10 lb

Walleye - 26 1/2", 5.20 lb

Bluegill - 9 3/4", 0.70

Sunfish - 9 1/8", 0.63 lb

Perch - 10 1/2", 0.46 lb

Crappie - 12", 0.81 lb

Bullhead - OPEN

Bowfin - 30", 9.08 lb

Linda Barthel has the new leading Walleye in our fishing contest.  26 1/2", 5.20 lb.

Bennett Johnson with this 12", 0.81 lb Crappie is the new leader in the category.

This is the Bluegill to beat.  John Culp caught this one from Houghton Lake.  9 3/4", 0.70 lbs.

 

BBT Bass fishing club fished out Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell on Saturday June 2.  56 teams were signed up for Saturdays tournament and most of them brought in their 5 fish limit.  15.27 pounds was the winning bag weight but the average was closer to 10 pounds.  The Big fish of the tournament was 3.99 pounds but most of them were smaller boys of about 2 pounds. Wondering about live bait?  We carry:

- Perch minnows

- Sucker minnows

- Golden Shiners

- Wax Worms

- Red and White spikes

- Spawn

- Night Crawlers

- Leafworms

- Dillys

And to keep your exotic pets alive we carry:

- Crickets

- Mealworms

- Superworms

 

5-16-18

FISHING REPORT 

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY  MAY  13,  2018

Looks like we're in for another nice week ahead of us.  Warm days and mild nights should really help the water warm up and start to bring fish in shallow to spawn.  Anglers are finding Crappies in shallow spawning right now in 5 foot or less.  Most are using minnows or small jigs under a bobber to catch them.  A few have even been caught by Walleye anglers trolling in shallow water during the evening hours.  Speaking of Walleye, they're still catching tons of them on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell.  This has been the best spring we have witnessed for Walleye in quite some time and the DNR really deserves credit for their stocking program.  Everything seems to be catching them right now from casting or trolling minnow style baits like Rapala's, using jigs and twister tails or even bobber fishing them with shiner or small sucker minnows or leaches.

While most of the anglers are focused on Walleye and Crappie other species have been doing great too.  Northern Pike fishing has been good, we haven't seen any monsters yet but there are plenty of numbers of quality healthy fish.  Largemouth Bass fishing has been crazy, everyone is catching them.  The catch and keep season for Bass opens on Saturday, May 26 but they are fair game if you immediately release them.

Another species that doesn't get much attention but is fun and easy to catch are Bullheads.  Literally just cast out a night crawler without a bobber during the night time hours is all it takes.  They are also a good opportunity to catch a Master Angler which only have to be 14 inches.

Saturday May 19, is the 7th Annual Catchin' Crappies to Cure Cancer Crappie Tournament.  Place of registration and weight-in is Cadillac Kenwood Beach Pavilion, registration opens 6am to 10am and the cost is $10.  Kids 16 and under are free with paying adult.  You may register before May 19 at Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop.  Once registered you may fish from boat or shore anywhere on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell.  Final weight-in is at 2pm at Kenwood Park.

Boats clustered in front of the canal on Lake Mitchell fishing for Walleyes.

Catching a Master Angler Walleye is quite an achievement.  So when you get 2 on one trip you know you're doing something right.  Robert Kellogg has it figured out, he got these at Tippy Dam using flies.  The left one is 29", 8.66lbs and the right one is 29 3/4", 10.18lbs.

Shelly Fisk, Neida Anderson and Kayla Anderson all holding Master Angler Bullheads they caught from Lake Cadillac.  This goes to show you that there is a good population of healthy Bullheads in our lakes.

 Wondering about live bait?  We carry:

- Perch minnows - Sucker minnows - Golden Shiners - Wax Worms - Red and White spikes - Spawn - Night Crawlers - Leafworms - Dillys

And to keep your exotic pets alive we carry:

- Crickets - Mealworms - Superworms

 

5-7-18

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FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY  MAY  6,  2018 

The first week of Walleye and Pike season has been a pretty good success so far.  Many Walleyes are being caught especially during the evening hours and well after sunset.  Most anglers are using Rapala's or even basic twister tails on a jig head and just slowly reeling them in, while others are using minnows or leaches under a slip bobber.  Fishermen in boats have also been doing good trolling slowly along the drop offs as well.  With the Walleye fishing being so good we haven't seen to many guys targeting Pike specifically but they have been getting many accident.

Crappie fishing is starting to heat up as well.  Right now the fishermen in boats have a real advantage chasing the constantly moving schools of fish but they ususally end up by the city dock on the East side of Lake Cadillac where anybody can catch them.  A few Bluegills have been reported, but fishing for them will improve as the water warms up.  Bullhead fishing has been good at night too, just throw a crawler on bottom and wait.

Trout season opened last weekend as well and we have heard of quite a few nice Brown's, Brookies and Rainbows from the Manistee, Pine and Betsie rivers as well as all the smaller tributeries.

Mushroom season is quickly approaching, and if you head out to your favorite hills you probably won't be alone.  There were many campers already in the woods this weekend scouring the hillsides for their favorite fungis.  It's still a little dry out there but any showers we get should make them pop.

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING 
SUNDAY  APRIL  22,  2018 

 

Fishermen below Tippy Dam.

 

The weather has been especially peculiar the last few weeks.  Seems like Winter just wouldn't let go. But I think it has finally broken and we can get back to our regularly scheduled Spring fishing.  There hasn't been any real activity on the Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell in the last few weeks.  In fact many mornings they had re-frozen over with the chilly overnight temperatures.  It warmed up enough on Saturday to see multiple boats out cruising the lakes which was a nice sight to see.  Next Saturday April 28 is the opener of Walleye, Northern Pike and Trout season.  Don't forget about your 2018 Fishing licenses, with the recent inclimate weather fishing has been off the minds of many so don't forget.

Even though the lakes have been hardly accessible lately, the Steelhead fishing on the Manistee and Betsie Rivers has been getting better every day.  Several anglers line the sides of the rivers trying to take advantage of the spring Steelhead run.  Many techniques are working, most are using jigs and waxworms or beads under floats, but some are also bottom bouncing, or using flies, wigglers, spawn and even crankbaits.  Whatever your favorite style to fish, there is probably a fish in the river with your name on it.

Tippy Dam, Manistee River 4/21/18

FISHING REPORT 

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY  MARCH  4,  2018 

I think it's safe to say that our ice fishing season is over.  There was about 8-12" of ice on Wednesday but it was getting pretty soft, kinda like cutting into a snow cone.  A few brave souls are still heading out but we are not advising it.  

Even though we can't get out onto the ice safely anymore doesn't mean we have to give up on fishing.  The Steelhead action is starting to turn on and is only going to get better.  Many anglers have been heading to the Manistee and Betsie Rivers to get their fishing fix.  Beads, Jigs and Waxworms and Flies are all working.

Just a reminder as of March 1st, 2018 Licenses are now available for purchase.  2017 licenses expire on March 31, 2018.

Looks like we'll be doing more open water fishing from here on out.

Katie Griffiths showing off a nice Steelhead she caught from the Manistee River, this one is 28", 8.06lbs.

Aaron Seelhoff with another monster Higgins Lake Pike.  This one was 36 1/4" 11.33lbs.

 

Current Standings for 16th Annual Pilgrim Village Spearing Contest as of 3/4/18

              1st:  Josh Myers                41 1/4"     13.97lb

             2nd:  Ralph Henry              36"           11.19lb

              3rd:  Keith Bainbridge       35"           11.68lb

              4rd:  Ed Pascoe                33 1/2"      8.55lb

              5th:  Paul Inzano               32 3/8"      8.59lb

              Youth

              1st:  Howard Inzano          26 1/2"      4.30lb

             2nd:  OPEN

              Other

              1st:  Joe Emery                  25"           5.48lb (Bowfin)

 

 

 

 

 

Wondering about live bait?  We carry:

- Perch minnows

- Sucker minnows

- Golden Shiners

- Wax Worms

- Red and White spikes

- Spawn

- Night Crawlers

- Leafworms

- Dillys

And to keep your exotic pets alive we carry:

- Crickets

- Mealworms

- Superworms

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY  FEBUARY  18,  2018 

The fish finally decided they were hungry again this weekend.  It has been kind of tough going for the last couple weeks but we started seeing full buckets of Crappies again.  Both Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell were producing fish and were covered with ice shanties. This weekend was also the Cash Bash Ice Fishing Tournament.  They have a pretty cool thing going on, which makes it nearly impossible to cheat.  They don't tell you what you're fishing for until the morning of the tournament, they pick a gamefish and a panfish species.  This year it was Pike and Perch, but there was a catch.  It wasn't just biggest Pike or Perch but the closest Pike to 26" and Perch to 10".  It adds an element of competition completely different then just going for biggest, which can be a lot more fun and competitive for the novice angler.  144 anglers participated this year and $2800 in cash prizes were awarded out.  Even better they raised $2200 for the After 26 Depot, by purchasing 50/50 and raffle tickets for prizes like Ice augers, guided fishing trips and a Mystic Steelhead rod.We've been hearing pretty good stories of Steelhead fishing from the Manistee river.  This upcoming warm up should really get things moving.  Jigs with waxworms and bottom bouncing beads has been the best method for catching the  chrome. Shawn Moore with another Crappie limit from Lake Cadillac. Josh Myers holding the current fish to beat in our 16th Annual Spearing Contest.  You're going to need some luck on your side to get one longer then this one, 41 1/4", 13.97lb. Howard Inzano just started spearing this week but is quickly turning into a pro.  This is the second Pike he has brought to us this winter, this one is 26 1/2" and 4.30lbs.  He is currently the only one who has entered a fish in our Youth division for out contest.  Let's get him some competition! Current Standings for 16th Annual Pilgrim Village Spearing Contest as of 2/18/18

1st:  Josh Myers  41 1/4"     13.97lb

2nd:  Ralph Henry              36"           11.19lb

3rd:  Keith Bainbridge       35"           11.68lb

4th:  Ed Pascoe                33 1/2"      8.55lb

5th:  Paul Inzano               32 3/8"      8.59lb

                    Youth

1st:  Howard Inzano          26 1/2"      4.30lb

2nd:  OPEN

          Other

1st:  Joe Emery                  25"           5.48lb (Bowfin)

 

  

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY  FEBUARY  4,  2018 

It was a tough bite out there for the anglers who participated in the NASF Ice Fishing Contest on Saturday.  Some really impressive fish still showed up dispite the conditions.  Nearly 300 anglers braved the blowing snow and cold hoping to get the big one.  Prizes were awarded to the largest Pike, Walleye, Bluegill, Crappie and Perch.  Many more prizes were also given out to random drawings and raffle tickets.  So even if you didn't catch a fish you had a great chance of leaving with a prize.

              Northern Pike:  Mark Gagnon - 33 1/4", 7.46lb

              Walleye:  Matthew Jerome - 28 1/4", 8.66lb

              Bluegill:  Aaron Ingraham - 8 3/4", .50lb

              Crappie:  Thomas Jessup - 12 3/8", 1.06lb

              Perch:  Alazeah Reid - 12 3/8", 1.00lb

 

 

On Friday at 4pm there was also the Pizza Plus sponsored Speed Fishing Tournament.  There were 25 precut holes arranged in a circle, and at the blow of the start whistle you pick your hole and start fishing.  There is 1 hour of fishing total and every 10 minutes you rotate 1 hole clockwise.  The biggest legal fish wins the whole pot.  This year the biggest fish was the only fish at 8 1/2".

Bryan Tedder from Kingsley with his winning 8 1/2" Perch.

There is still time to sign up for the Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop 16th Annual Pike Spearing Contest.  So far we have only had 1 entry so there is plenty of room left up on the board.  The contest started December 1 and ends on March 15, 2018.  There is no cost to enter, but you do need to be registered before you can enter a fish.  If you spear a fish, you can still spear a bigger one to replace it.  We don't have any entrys for the Youth category yet so get your kids out there!

This is the third Pike Ed Pascoe has entered this season.  This one is 33 1/2" and 8.06lbs and maintains his position in 3rd place.

This is Paul Inzano's first speared Pike.  It's a great way to start and gets him to 4th place with 32 3/8", 8.59lbs.

Joe Emery has the first fish for the "Other" category.  This example is a 25", 8.59lb Bowfin.

Current Standings for 16th Annual Pilgrim Village Spearing Contest as of 2/4/18

 

              1st:  Ralph Henry               36"           11.19lb

             2nd:  Keith Bainbridge        35"           11.68lb

              3rd:  Ed Pascoe                 33 1/2"      8.55lb

              4th:  Paul Inzano               32 3/8"      8.59lb

              5th:  Dan Gryzbowski        27 5/8"      4.23lb

              Youth

              1st:  OPEN

             2nd:  OPEN

              Other

              1st:  Joe Emery                  25"           5.48lb (Bowfin)

              

 

COME STOP IN AND SEE US!  WE'RE ALL READY FOR ICE!

 

We have a large selection of Shappell and Clam ice shelters.

 

We have ice augers from Jiffy, Strikemaster, Ion, Nils Master and K-drill.

 

Our wall is filled with Tungstun jigs from Fiska, VMC, Acme, Kodiak, Widow Maker, Northland, Neon Lite's, K&E, Clam and others.  We also have thousands of bulk jigs as well.

 

Jigging spoons from Hali's, Sweedish Pimple, Northland and others are available here.

 

We have a large assortment of Jigging Rapala's, Ice fishing combo's, Rod holders and Tip-ups.

 

We have a large selection of Ice fishing spears and decoys.  As well as many models of Vexilars and accessories.

 

 

 

Wondering about live bait?  We carry:

- Perch minnows

- Sucker minnows

- Golden Shiners

- Wax Worms

- Red and White spikes

- Spawn

- Night Crawlers

- Leafworms

- Dillys

And to keep your exotic pets alive we carry:

- Crickets

- Mealworms

- Superworms

 

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY  JANUARY  28,  2018 

The snow may not have survived the rain and the warm up but the ice is holding pretty stong.  There are some visible pressure cracks from the expanding and contracting but the thickness is still good.  There is about 8-12" of good ice in most spots and with the frigid upcoming temperatures and lack of snow we should be in good shape for next weekends NASF fishing contest.  Make sure to stop in and get pre-registered if you plan to participate in next weekends activities.  The fee is $10 for adults and $5 for those 17 and under.  There is also a Speed Fishing contest on Friday, February 2.  $25 dollar fee per person, 100% payout, limited to 25 anglers.

 

The fishing this weekend turned out to be not bad.  It was a bit a struggle with the wind on Friday and Saturday.  Anything not fastened down had a tendency to wander off in the wind and slick ice.  More then one fisherman had to chase down their equipment as it took off like a sailboat.  As far as catching goes it kept getting better.  Many good catches of Crappie were reported and some good mixed catches including Bluegills and Sunfish as well.  Lately we've been seeing better numbers from the Coves of Lake Mitchell and bigger fish from Lake Cadillac.  It was kind of quantity vs quality decision.  But this weekend we seen limits of bigger fish from Lake Cadillac as well.

All the Pike that came in this weekend were nice and fat regardless of their length.  Nobody brought in any fish for our 16th Annual Spear Fishing Contest but we did have some nice fish from tip-ups come in.

Steelhead fishing has still been good on the Manistee River and the Betsie.  Many mixed techniques are working right now.  Beads, Flies, Jigs with Waxworms, Spawn and Crankbaits are all catching fish right now.

This trio was schooling everyone on how to get it done.  Mike Brock, Dan Jonckheere and Gary Becker caught their limit of Crappie in 2 hours on Lake Cadillac.

This is Gordon Reeds second big Pike of the season.  This one from Lake Cadillac was 36", and 10.5lbs.

John Dunbar also caught a nice Pike from Lake Cadillac.  31", 6lbs.

Robert Kellogg with a Master Angler Steelhead.  33" and 12.91lbs.  Congradulations Rob!

 

There is still time to sign up for the Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop 16th Annual Pike Spearing Contest.  So far we have only had 1 entry so there is plenty of room left up on the board.  The contest started December 1 and ends on March 15, 2018.  There is no cost to enter, but you do need to be registered before you can enter a fish.  If you spear a fish, you can still spear a bigger one to replace it.  

 

Current Standings for 16th Annual Pilgrim Village Spearing Contest as of 1/28/18

 

              1st:  Ralph Henry.              36".         11.19lb

             2nd:  Keith Bainbridge.       35".         11.68lb

              3rd:  Ed Pascoe.                32 1/4".     8.55lb

              4th:  Dan Grzybowski.       27 5/8".     4.23lb

              5th:  OPEN

              Youth

              1st:  OPEN

             2nd:  OPEN

              Other

              1st:  OPEN

              

 

COME STOP IN AND SEE US!  WE'RE ALL READY FOR ICE!

 

We have a large selection of Shappell and Clam ice shelters.

 

We have ice augers from Jiffy, Strikemaster, Ion, Nils Master and K-drill.

 

Our wall is filled with Tungstun jigs from Fiska, VMC, Acme, Kodiak, Widow Maker, Northland, Neon Lite's, K&E, Clam and others.  We also have thousands of bulk jigs as well.

 

Jigging spoons from Hali's, Sweedish Pimple, Northland and others are available here.

 

We have a large assortment of Jigging Rapala's, Ice fishing combo's, Rod holders and Tip-ups.

 

We have a large selection of Ice fishing spears and decoys.  As well as many models of Vexilars and accessories.

 

 

 

Wondering about live bait?  We carry:

- Perch minnows

- Sucker minnows

- Golden Shiners

- Wax Worms

- Red and White spikes

- Spawn

- Night Crawlers

- Leafworms

- Dillys

And to keep your exotic pets alive we carry:

- Crickets

- Mealworms

- Superworms

 

 

 

 

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY  JANUARY  7,  2017 

We just came off from a long cold spell and 20 degrees feels so nice right now.  The extreme cold makes for tough fishing though.  The most productive ice anglers move from one hole to another not wasting time when fish stop biting  in the one they are in.  But that's easier said than done when it's below 0 degrees outside.  Even if you muster up the ambition to drag your equipment out onto the ice, once you get your shack set up and your heater going the drive to move again is burned up by the orange glow of your Buddy heater.  That's when you start relying on luck instead of skill.  Fortunately it looks like we're in for more pleasant winter temperatures this week so it should make it easier to hunt the fish.

Despite the cold temperatures we still had a bunch a nice fish walk through our door.  Those who put in the work and kept moving were getting more than a meals worth of panfish, weather it be Crappie, Bluegills or Sunfish.  Healthy fat Northern Pike are tripping flags on tip-ups.  We even heard of some Walleye's being caught from guys jigging spoons and minnow baits like Jigging Rapala's and Hyper Glides.  Steelhead fishing on the Manistee has still been good, but the Betsie river is mostly frozen over right now.

This warm up might help ice conditions on the Lakes as well.  In many places there was from 8-10" of snow which has been insulating the lakes from the cold weather.  A little sunlight and moderate temps will help settle that snow down a bit and allow the ice to build when it cools again.  As of now we've been seeing anywhere from 7-10" of ice depending on where you located.  There is also many scattered locations with slush on top so you still want to keep your spud handy so you're aware of what you're traveling on.  

 

 

Shawn Moore braved the cold this week and was rewarded with good catches of Crappie multiple times this week. 

Jon Walenjus made the drive over to Higgins Lake where the Monster Pike flourish.  You never know whats on the end of your tip-up when the flag goes up.  This one was 45 1/2" and 25lbs.

Gordon Reed and his fishing partner John Dunbar were some of the first anglers to step on the ice this season.  Gordon started off the season right with this healthy 35 1/2", 10.44lb Lake Cadillac Pike.

Rob Kellogg kicked off the New Year with this beautiful 11.80lb Steelhead he caught from the Manistee River.

There is still time to sign up for the Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop 16th Annual Pike Spearing Contest.  So far we have only had 1 entry so there is plenty of room left up on the board.  The contest started December 1 and ends on March 15, 2018.  There is no cost to enter, but you do need to be registered before you can enter a fish.  If you spear a fish, you can still spear a bigger one to replace it.  

Dan Grzybowski is the only entry so far and is currently in 1st place with this 27 5/8", 4.23lb Pike he speared from Lake Mitchell.

COME STOP IN AND SEE US!  WE'RE ALL READY FOR ICE!

 

We have a large selection of Shappell and Clam ice shelters.

 

We have ice augers from Jiffy, Strikemaster, Ion, Nils Master and K-drill.

 

Our wall is filled with Tungstun jigs from Fiska, VMC, Acme, Kodiak, Widow Maker, Northland, Neon Lite's, K&E, Clam and others.  We also have thousands of bulk jigs as well.

 

Jigging spoons from Hali's, Sweedish Pimple, Northland and others are available here.

 

We have a large assortment of Jigging Rapala's, Ice fishing combo's, Rod holders and Tip-ups.

 

We have a large selection of Ice fishing spears and decoys.  As well as many models of Vexilars and accessories.

 

 

 

Wondering about live bait?  We carry:

- Perch minnows

- Sucker minnows

- Golden Shiners

- Wax Worms

- Red and White spikes

- Spawn

- Night Crawlers

- Leafworms

- Dillys

And to keep your exotic pets alive we carry:

- Crickets

- Mealworms

- Superworms

FISHING REPORT 

 

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY  DECEMBER  31,  2017 

 

 

 

As we wrap up the year 2017 we're just ending our first good week of ice fishing.  After Christmas is when we started to see anglers go out and start exploring the ice with any confidence.  Be aware though, with all the snow on top of the lakes it has made the ice freeze very inconsistently and there are still many slushy spots hiding under the snow.  Continue to use your spud as you travel to check the ice ahead of you.  We're starting to see many snowmobile and atv tracks out  across the lakes, but don't let that fool you into thinking all areas are safe.  It was reported to us that two different atv's broke through the ice on Saturday.  In most places we're finding from 7-9" of ice but in some spots there is only 3-4" with slush or a double layer of ice.  It looks like the forcast for the next week will continue to be bitter cold so hopefully the soft spots will harden up.

 

Many of the fishermen that did brave the extreme cold temps were rewarded with good catches though.  Good catches of Crappie and some Bluegills have been reported.  Most coming from the cove areas of Lake Mitchell and by Kenwood park on Lake Cadillac.  Big Pike and Walleye were reported multiple times from anglers using tip-ups with golden shiners. 

 

 

Jeremiah Heyd with a nice Lake Cadillac Walleye 25 1/4", 5.86lbs

 

 

Mike Boorsma brought us this big Walleye he caught out of Lake Mitchell.  At 26 1/4" and 6.59lbs it had no problem eating his big golden shiner on a tip-up.

 

 

Nate Gray holding a nice Pike he caught on a tip-up out of Lake Mitchell, this one is 31 3/4", 6.5lbs.

 

 

Mark Gagnon with a 38 3/4", 15.3lb Pike he caught on a jigging rod with a Sweedish Pimple in Lake Mitchell.

 

 

 

 

 

COME STOP IN AND SEE US!  WE'RE ALL READY FOR ICE!

 

 

 

We have a large selection of Shappell and Clam ice shelters.

 

 

 

We have ice augers from Jiffy, Strikemaster, Ion, Nils Master and K-drill.

 

 

 

Our wall is filled with Tungstun jigs from Fiska, VMC, Acme, Kodiak, Widow Maker, Northland, Neon Lite's, K&E, Clam and others.  We also have thousands of bulk jigs as well.

 

 

 

Jigging spoons from Hali's, Sweedish Pimple, Northland and others are available here.

 

 

 

We have a large assortment of Jigging Rapala's, Ice fishing combo's, Rod holders and Tip-ups.

 

 

 

We have a large selection of Ice fishing spears and decoys.  As well as many models of Vexilars and accessories.

 

 

 

 

 

Wondering about live bait?  We carry:

 

- Perch minnows

 

- Sucker minnows

 

- Golden Shiners

 

- Wax Worms

 

- Red and White spikes

 

- Spawn

 

- Night Crawlers

 

- Leafworms

 

- Dillys

 

And to keep your exotic pets alive we carry:

 

- Crickets

 

- Mealworms

 

- Superworms

 

 

FISHING REPORT 

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY  DECEMBER  3,  2017  

Lake Mitchell skimmed over with ice.

We're getting excited for ice over here in Cadillac.  Every night the lakes skim over with ice, eventually it will stay.  We'll be doing ice reports as soon as it is safe enough to try.

There hasn't been much going on out on the lakes the last couple weeks, most of the fishermen were drafted by the orange army and out deer hunting.  There were some anglers taking advantage of this time to go to the river though.  We've heard of many good catches of Steelhead and a few Browns.  Both on the Manistee River and the Betsie River.  Jigs with waxworms and beads have been the most popular.

Kirstin Swanberg and Casey Vela with some nice late fall Steelhead.

COME STOP IN AND SEE US!  WE'RE ALL READY FOR ICE!

 

We have a large selection of Shappell and Clam ice shelters.

 

We have ice augers from Jiffy, Strikemaster, Ion, Nils Master and K-drill.

 

Our wall is filled with Tungstun jigs from Fiska, VMC, Acme, Kodiak, Widow Maker, Northland, Neon Lite's, K&E, Clam and others.  We also have thousands of bulk jigs as well.

 

Jigging spoons from Hali's, Sweedish Pimple, Northland and others are available here.

 

We have a large assortment of Jigging Rapala's, Ice fishing combo's, Rod holders and Tip-ups.

 

We have a large selection of Ice fishing spears and decoys.  As well as many models of Vexilars and accessories.

 

 

 

Wondering about live bait?  We carry:

- Perch minnows

- Sucker minnows

- Golden Shiners

- Wax Worms

- Red and White spikes

- Spawn

- Night Crawlers

- Leafworms

- Dillys

And to keep your exotic pets alive we carry:

- Crickets

- Mealworms

- Superworms

FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
MONDAY  OCTOBER  16,  2017  

 

 

 

It's the middle of October and we're well into Small Game, Archery Deer and Waterfowl season.  But don't forget to make it out fishing.  The anglers going to the Manistee River have been doing great.  Salmon are still plentiful and many of them are still fresh.  Steelhead have been sneaking there way up river and it's only going to get better.  If you're fishing at Tippy Dam there are opportunities to catch so many species right now.  You could catch a Chinook or Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Brown Trout or maybe even a nice Walleye.

 

Fishing on our Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell has been good as well.  On Lake Cadillac they have been catching Perch in the deeper water on the East end in anywhere from 10' to 15' of water.  Pike and Bass fishing has been good as well.  Avoid the yellow brownish looking weeds that are starting to die off, concentrate on the brighter greener weed beds and that is where the fish will be.  Walleye are starting to make it in shallow after dark.  Fishing for them with Rapala's at the ends of the canal or off the causeway on M-115 is a good place to start.

 

 

Tippy Dam, Manistee River.

 

 

We don't make it out of the shop very often, but when we do we try and make it count.

 

 

Madison Ryerse holding a nice 9" Sunfish she caught on Lake Mitchell.

 

 

Another nice Lake Mitchell Sunfish this one caught by Aspen Emery.

 

 

 

 

 

Wondering about live bait?  We carry:

 

- Perch minnows

 

- Sucker minnows

 

- Golden Shiners

 

- Wax Worms

 

- Red and White spikes

 

- Spawn

 

- Night Crawlers

 

- Leafworms

 

- Dillys

 

And to keep your exotic pets alive we carry:

 

- Crickets

 

- Mealworms

 

- Superworms