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Fishing Report

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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

Northern Pike                     

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

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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