Bottom feeders are target in Michigan derby


Mar 11, 2001
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Cadillac fishing derby targets unpopular species

By Lesa Ingraham, Cadillac News Staff Writer

May 13, 2002

CADILLAC — To reduce the number of bullhead and suckers in Cadillac lakes and to have fun, residents are invited to the Big Ol’ Bullhead Fishing Derby and Carpe the Carp/ Seize the Sucker Festival.

“If there are too many in the lakes, then let’s catch them and have a fun contest at the same time,” said Carol Potter, executive director of the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau.
The festival is a combined effort of the bureau, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and area businesses.

The festival will take place June 8, which is also the DNR free fishing day, so participants won’t need licenses.

There will be a fishing contest for the largest of each fish caught and the largest quantity of each fish.

“People can come to the Carl T. Johnson Museum and have their fished weighed,” Potter said.

The festival will be on Lake Cadillac, Lake Mitchell and the canal.

“We thought that this was the best way to eliminate the fish and to have fun,” said Steve Knaisel, owner of Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop at 181 S. Lake Mitchell Drive.
Samples of smoked bullhead will be available at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center.

“These two fish don’t get any respect,” Knaisel said. “They’re an excellent fish; they just look ugly.”

Knaisel said many people fish for bullheads near the mouth of the canal on the Cadillac side.

“They are catching limits out there,” he said.

Another goal of the festival is to reclaim the state record for largest bullhead, Knaisel said.

“We had the record a few years ago and it is possible that we can get it back,” Knaisel said. “There are just so many pluses to this festival.”

Tom Rozich, fisheries biology supervisor in the fisheries division of the DNR, said the festival is to let people know about bullhead fishing.

“I know there are a lot of big bullheads in the lakes and we are hoping to have the record fish back here,” Rozich said.

Rozich will be at the museum certifying master anglers. To be a master angler, a fisherman’s catch must meet the minimum requirement for the species.

Minimum weight for a black bullhead is 1 pound, 4 ounces. For a brown bullhead, minimum weight is 1 pound, 8 ounces. Potential master anglers must complete an application form.

The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at hunting and fishing center on M-115.

For more information, visit or call the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau at 1-800-22LAKES.


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I thought this might be a lawyer joke. :roll-wink-green:
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