PILGRIM VILLAGE RESORT AND FISHING SHOP
181 S. Lake Mitchell Dr. - Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: 231-775-5412 - Email: email@example.com
FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015
The lakes are warming. The birds are cherping and the mushrooms are popping. It's truly Spring and everything is happening outdoors.
The bite has picked up since the opener. If you're a panfisherman the West side of Lake Mitchell is the place to start. Bluegill and Crapppies have been staging in the Big and Small Coves. Neither appear to be spawning yet but are enjoying the warmer water and fresh growth of weeds. The Pike and Bass prowl the same weed cover feeding on them.
The Boat Launches on Lake Cadillac are filling. The words out on the crappie catches. No boat is necessary at the City Dock and the fishing has been good. Stingers of crappie are normal, but lately several Northerns have been caught. Small crappie rigs account for accidental catches of up to 30 inch pike. Only a few actually target them.
On both lakes the walleye are out deeper until dark. It's too early for any hot spots or which lake is better. Same for baits, both live and artificials are working. Those casting artificials do best with a slow retrieve. Minnow type lures are effective, especially Rapala Husky Jerks and Jointed Rapalas.
The Fish of the week was caught by Randy Johnson. Fishing before dark on the City Dock he landed a 31 5/8 inch, 18.7 pound carp. Those of us who have lived here any length of time have never seen or caught carp in our lakes. Hopefully this Master Angler was a loaner. Per our local DNR Fish Biologist, "If any other carp are caught they shoud not be returned to the lake."
Randy Johnson with his 31 5/8", 18.7 pound carp.
Mark your calendar, The 4th Annual Catchin Crappies to Cure Cancer Crappie Tournament is Saturday May 23, 2015. We 're catching them now--nail down your spot.
TURKEY HUNTERS: There are lots of turkey left in our area. The 234 Hunt opens May 4th thru the 31st. Licenses are available.
BEAR HUNTERS: Apply now. Applications for your bear license or point started May 1st through June 1st.
Captain Dave Deforest website at
Michigan's Hooks and Bullets Magazine at
For BBT Tournament standings go to
For The Tear Drop Bass Tournament standings go to