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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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Cadillac Michigan area fishing report for Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac

 

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