Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell are equally impressive with their fishing opportunities. But oh wait, there is a canal connecting the two, so you can fish them both on the same day. At 2,648 acres for Lake Mitchell and 1,172 acres for Cadillac there is plenty of water to fish.
I’ve spent many weekends on both lakes staying at close friends’ cabins during the summer and winter. There hasn’t been one time that we got skunked fishing either one of these lakes. Of course they had their go-to spot, but whenever the fishing slowed we could always go to many other places. Whether we were fishing for pike in Big Cove or Little Cove or for monster crappie off Blind Island , we seemed to always catch fish.
The fish of choice in this area is northern pike. Both lakes are known for massive pike and plenty of them. Mitchell has so many weed beds that it can be hard not to find these toothy fish. If you’re looking for something else, how about walleye? Both lakes offer top notch walleye fishing in different areas. Largemouth, smallmouth, crappie, bluegill, rock bass, perch and bullheads are other abundant fish. With a maximum depth of 27 feet and about 65% of their bottom covered with weeds, this is a fisherman’s home.
Both lakes are almost completely surrounded by private cabins, except for a few spots. The William Mitchell State Park lies between the two lakes and is split by the connecting quarter mile long canal. There is a beach and a boat launch at the park. There is also a sidewalk all the way along the canal for shore fishing access. Fishing pressure is pretty heavy during the summer months along the canal, but it stills produces fish and is a great place for kids to cast a line.
During the spring walleye spawn, fisherman can be found in waders walking in from the State Park after dark targeting the big females. Mid summer you’ll see boat lights at night out trolling or jigging during the day for walleye and big crappie. If you see a boat moving hole to hole casting big spinners into the cabbage weed, they are most likely going after the big pike and bass in the area.
Winter time brings shanties galore. Both lakes bring ice fisherman from all over the state. You’ll see tip-ups spread out, guys hunkered over a hole jigging or even fisherman spearing pike inside a hut. There’s plenty of walk on access for both lakes during the winter and the fishing holes aren’t too far from shore for walking.
With plenty of access, lots of big fish and tons of water to explore, Lake Cadillac and Mitchell will always be in my top fishing lakes list. You’re able to fill a dinner table with delicious walleye or crappie or just go out and fight a massive pike or bass. In the huge expanse of weed beds you never know what you’ll catch next.
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