FISHING CONDITIONS ON LAKES CADILLAC AND MITCHELL
FROM PILGRIM VILLAGE FISHING SHOP
SUNDAY AUGUST 12, 2018
As we enter the middle of August fishing on the inland lakes starts to slow a bit. That's not to say anglers aren't catching fish but you have to make sure you get out on the water early before the sun heats up or wait till the last hour before sundown if you want to put a meals worth of fish in your bucket. Big Crappie are still being caught on the East end of Lake Cadillac, they're suspended in anywhere from 12-20 deep water. Fishing minnows under a slip bobber about half way to bottom is the best way to locate them. Lake Mitchell is also producing Crappies, however they're running a little smaller than Lake Cadillac but the numbers are better. Mixed catches of Bluegills and Sunfish are being caught in deeper weedy areas. Fishing about a foot above bottom with a worm or leech has been the best way to bring them up from the depths.
Bass and Pike fishing has still been good. We've heard of quite a few healthy Largemouths lately. Soft plastics seem to always produce but spinnerbaits and topwater have been working as well.
The Salmon fishing stories on the rivers are starting to heat up. We're not seeing any big quantities yet, however anglers are starting to target and catch them. Some fish have already been caught all the way up to Tippy Dam. We had the first fish from the Dam brought into us on Saturday. We haven't heard very much about the Betsie river yet but it won't be long.
If you guys want to see pictures in the fish report - Bring in your fish!
We've got a new leader for the Largemouth Bass category or our Fishing Contest and it's a real Monster! Brenda Polen caught this amazing fish on Portage Lake - 21 5/8" 5.53lbs
Josh Walsh brought us his first Salmon of the year. He caught this good eater all the way up at Tippy Dam.
Logan Longstreet went up to the Betsie river looking for Salmon and caught this nice 22 pound King. This was the only fish he had on all day but fortunately was able to land it.
Pilgrim Village 7th Annual Free Fishing Contest
Current Standings as of 8/12/18
Large Mouth Bass
Brenda Polen 21 5/8", 5.53lb Portage Lake
Small Mouth Bass
Floyd Long 21 1/8", 5.70lb Crystal Lake
Matthew Jerome 43 1/8", 17.10lb Hodenpyle Dam Pond
Josh Barnes 29 1/2", 6.61lb Lake Mitchell
Rodney Sanders 10 1/2", 0.94lb Lake Mitchell
Greg Magoon 9 3/4", 0.79lb Lake Mitchell
Tim Johnson 12", 0.70lb Duck Lake
Rick Pearson 13 1/4", 1.27lb Lake Mitchell
Randy Sanders 14 3/4", 1.76lb Lake Cadillac
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
- Night Crawlers
And to keep your exotic pets alive we carry:
Michigan Darkhouse Angler Association
Michigan's Hooks and Bullets Magazine at
For BBT Tournament standings go to
For The Tear Drop Bass Tournament standings go to