It's nice to see some things never change. A stroll at Mitchell State park told the story. Along the beach boats headed out off the ramp, people fishing off the dock the time is today, but it could be 20, 50 70 years ago too.
I watched an older couple sitting quietly, patiently in their chairs each with a line in the water...waiting. A short distance down the walk a boy, about eight years old, pole bend fighting the big one while his dad stood by, not so patiently; you could see dad desperately wanting to help but knowing it is best if he doesn't. Boats trolling through the canal and people like me just out walking and enjoying the beautiful evening.
What started out as a quiet night became waves of memories crashing in, the fish my dad caught, the fish my brother and I caught. The time my brother and I were about seven and ten years old. We went out in the row boat by ourselves exploring the lake. We could see it, a smaller pond of the quiet lake and as we rowed closer, we could see the little lily pad covered channel connecting the lake and pond.
Anticipation grew as we started working our way through that channel to what we hoped was good fishing. That channel turned out to be quite shallow, full of lily pads and weeds. We weren't allowed to use the motor yet which was probably a good thing; that row boat would have been a stuck mess. Scraping along the surface of the bottom pushing with the paddles we made it through to the pond.
The fish were hitting so fast and hard when a line hit the water we had a fish. It was non-stop madness of dropping a line, taking a fish off and putting a worm on a hook over and over again. What a crazy day in a tucked away oasis and the starving crowd below the surface of the water!
I don't know how many fish we caught that day; bluegill, sunfish, perch- I think we could have fed the entire campground that night.
Couples or kids; boats or shoreline; lakes, rivers or streams. It doesn't matter what kind of fishing you do there are plenty of lakes, rivers, and streams to drop a line in the water out and about Cadillac. Plenty of memories to create, relationships to build, and plenty of stories to share.
Get on out to a lake, river or stream and fish up some dinner and stories. Or take a stroll along the shore and enjoy watching the action.
Continue to share your stories they are the bridge between generations and the fabric pieces that make a beautiful, cozy warm quilt of life.
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The Cadillac area is a a gorgeous place to visit or live. This site is an ongoing exploration. You will find photos and thoughts of places to see and things to do. Welcome and feel free to make a comment or recommend a place to visit.