If you're a bird watcher this week's report might just make you happy. With all the open water on Cascade there has been a plethora of waterfowl visiting the area, lots of ducks, geese, and swans. If you're an ice fisherman the outlook isn't so optimistic. With all the warm and wet weather we've been experiencing this past week the ice on cascade has gone for the wayside. The south end of the lake I would deem not safe. Besides the large open water gap between the bank and the ice itself there lies many more problems throughout the southern end of the lake. These problems would include but are not limited to large areas of open water, large cracks with open water gaps between them, and some rotten ice. With that being said I cannot say that anyone should attempt to fish on cascade south of Sugarloaf Island. This includes all the way from sugarloaf to the town of cascade. I have attached a few photos that I took today of Ice conditions on the southern end of the lake.
Now that we’re done being pessimistic, the north end of the lake continues to be fishable, with one exception. That exception is finding a spot to access the ice. With the influx of water from the thaw the level of the reservoir has increased causing the ice to pull away from the shore. Along with this the ice closest to shore is still fairly weak and soft. But if you can find your way onto the ice things are looking good. The ice depth around poison creek were still 6-7” of solid ice. There was a few places that you can actually access the ice around poison creek and the surrounding area. The area around boulder creek I wasn’t able to find a place that I could access the ice without going over the top of my boots and getting wet. If you’re a diehard ice fisherman and need to get that last little bit of fishing in the north end is where it can happen. With that being said extreme caution should be used especially right now with warm temperatures and thawing ice.
I guess I could mention that fishing still has continued to be fairly slow with those that have made it out on the ice. There seems to be a greater ratio of big to small fish but the overall number of fish being caught is fairly low.
DP - We lost two anglers on Winchester Lake this past week when they fell through the ice. Please be careful and if there's a doubt - save yourself to fish another day.