Lake Cascade in Valley County is a growing destination spot in the winter for ice fishing – in part for its surprising record.
People from across the United States go to Lake Cascade (technically a reservoir on the Payette River) with the hopes of reeling in the next world record-breaking perch. That’s because, in 2014, a 12-year-old girl from Eagle caught a 15.5-inch, 2-pound, 11.68-ounce whopper – giving her the world record for the largest perch ever caught on a tip-up.
Then last year, a man who came to Idaho from Wisconsin to ice fish, broke the state’s record for the heaviest perch caught. That fish weighed 3.22 pounds.
While the fish caught may not look like they’d be record-breaking, they are as perch are a small fish typically weighing about 2 pounds and are about 7.5 inches long, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Lake Cascade continues to burst with perch this winter, according to Idaho Fish and Game. For ice fishing tips and tricks, click here.