Fishing Lake Cascade:
Cascade is usually iced
over and fishable by mid December. In recent years rainbow
trout from ¾ to 5 pounds are the primary target of ice
anglers on the lake. Anglers typically ice fish the area
in front of the dam and the Crown Point area all the way
south into the bay in front of the Blue Heron Campground.
However trout can be found virtually any where in the
reservoir and many times the best fishing is in areas
where there are few other anglers around. The noise of
lots of people out on the ice in a given area many times
seems to slow fishing down. Many of the areas that can be
accessed from the boat ramps can be good fishing.
The typical trout baits again include marshmallows,
worms, powerbait, salmon eggs, shrimp or a combination of
these baits. Local tackle shops in Cascade can be great
sources of information on what baits and areas are
Anglers using live baits such as worms can also expect
to catch a few yellow perch. However, the yellow perch
fishery is still in the restoration phase. IDFG personnel
have stocked over 860,000 adult yellow perch in the last 3
years to try to overcome the predation problem of northern
pikeminnow (squawfish) consuming all of the juvenile
yellow perch. These adult perch will hopefully produce
enough young perch to satisfy these predators with enough
left over to re-establish this fishery in 3 to 4 years.
IDFG personnel have also removed over ¾ of the predatory
northern pikeminnow from the reservoir over the last three
years with trap nets and rotenone (a fish toxicant)
treatments during spring pikeminnow spawning runs up the
N.F. Payette River. At this time IDFG encourages anglers to
release all perch they catch as these fish are the
building blocks to restoring this fishery.
You will find 300 tent and RV campsites scattered around the
reservoir. The campgrounds each feature restroom facilities and
domestic water. Other amenities vary.
Osprey Point is the secluded, yet accessible, site of our three group
yurts. Rent the two that share a common deck to sleep from 16-20. A
third yurt nearby adds optional sleeping for 10. A few Tents and RV's
can also be accommodated in the camp are. Yurts feature wood stoves
for heat, propane lighting, a propane stove for cooking, beds and
other furniture. You won't find a better view on the lake!