Cascade Reservoir is a fishing paradise with many different fish species contained within its waters. It covers 27,000 acres in Idaho’s westerly-central area. The various surrounding roads provide anglers access to shore fishing, canoe/kayak portaging, and hiking/sightseeing. The reservoir rests at 4,830 feet above sea level and contains both warm- and cold-water fish. You can also ice fish here in the winter, depending on the conditions. You can easily access the fishing and recreational boat launches, and there are no boating horsepower restrictions. Anglers who visit Cascade Reservoir typically target crappie, bass, catfish, salmon, bluegill, and yellow perch. Salmon and trout are stocked here regularly.
Rainbow trout is the most popular gamefish on the lake. Whether on the bank or in a boat, anglers can quickly limit out. Find rainbows near the south-end golf course, off Crown Point, and north of Sugarloaf Island. Anglers here like to use spoons and spinners, small plugs, nymphs, and streamers.
Crown Point also offers great bass fishing. Surface plugs are a good choice for smallmouth and largemouth bass if you like excitement, but other reliable options are rubber grubs and perch-patterned crank baits.
To catch big, delicious bullhead catfish, use smelly baits, or worms, cut bait, shrimp or liver, and bottom-fish in the muddy bays at night. In addition to catfish, you might catch a sucker or a northern pikeminnow.
Perch is also a reliable catch on Cascade. If you can find a school, just drop a worm or cut bait to the bottom, and they’ll come running.
70 miles north of Boise, Cascade Reservoir is Idaho’s fourth largest lake. It is open all year long.