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Playing Outdoors notebook: Lake Cascade produces two more perch records

Skye Coulter of Donnelly landed a state-record yellow perch on Feb. 26. It measured 15 5/8 inches and weighed 2.96 pounds.
Skye Coulter of Donnelly landed a state-record yellow perch on Feb. 26. It measured 15 5/8 inches and weighed 2.96 pounds.

Lake Cascade is starting to draw anglers from across the northern part of the continent in search of the giant perch in its water.

Skye Coulter of Donnelly landed a state-record yellow perch on Feb. 26 — a beauty that measured 15 5/8 inches and weighed 2.96 pounds.

He broke Tia Wiese’s 2-year-old record by nearly 4 ounces. She also caught her record fish at Lake Cascade.

“I’ve been trying to catch that fish for five, 10 years,” said Coulter, who was using worms. “I knew there was one out there somewhere.”

This is his first record fish. He fishes at Lake Cascade most weekends with his dad and a friend.

“That’s all I do all winter,” he said. “I’ve caught them longer than that before, at 16 inches, they just never have been that big around.”

Meanwhile, the 14-year-old Wiese of Eagle still has a record of her own.

She established a state catch-and-release record for perch of 16 inches on Feb. 7. That fish weighed about 2.5 pounds, her dad, Gary, said.

Gary expects the fish to be named a world record for catch-and-release ice fishing, too. The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame is reviewing the application. The previous catch-and-release mark was 13 inches.

The Wieses go to Lake Cascade once or twice a week in the winter.

“We’ve had tons of people come from the Midwest and Canada to go fishing on Cascade,” Gary said. “Green Bay (Wis.) seems to be the hotspot. A lot of people are coming out and fishing it.”

Brundage, Tamarack pleased with pass sales

Brundage Mountain and Tamarack Resort concluded their season-pass sales Monday. Neither provided sales figures but both were pleased with the outcome.

From Brundage’s April Whitney, communication manager: “Brundage Mountain’s early season pass sale has been steady over the past several years, in spite of regional trends and snow totals the prior two seasons. Our current pass sale is one of our strongest yet and reflects steady growth in Brundage Mountain’s visitation and passion for our consistently great snow conditions.”

From Tamarack’s Brad Larsen, general manager: “Tamarack has seen significant growth in both this winter’s skier visits and season pass sales for next year. The capital improvements we made this summer, along with ramping up operations over the past two years, have a lot of skiers excited for what’s next at Tamarack.”

Bogus Basin’s sale ended a week earlier. Here’s how that went.

Sun Valley and the Mountain Collective (two lift tickets at each of 12 ski areas, including Sun Valley) began their sales this week. Details here.

Longtime Bogus ski instructor to be remembered

From Bogus Basin:

“Jolyon (Jack) Frost, a former ski instructor, died last Thursday. Jack was a real fixture in the Ski & Snowboard School, with 43 years of service to Bogus Basin. He had to finally retire from ski instruction due to health issues. We will do a memorial ski for Jack up at Bogus Basin this Saturday, March 5th at 4:30 pm. Those that would like to participate will load the Deerpoint Express and ski a serpentine down the Ridge to the flats in front of the Ski School Locker Room. Some of Jack’s family will be up here, and there will be a short memorial in the flats. I have attached a link to his obituary if you want to read more about Jack. He was a great guy!”

These antlers from a poached elk were scored between 310 and 330 points, which qualifies for trophy status. Ben Cadwallader Idaho Fish and Game
Poached elk was trophy size

The antlers from a bull elk believed to be poached just east of Highway 21 along Spring Shores Road have been found. The person who salvaged the antlers provided them to Idaho Fish and Game after a request for information on the poaching incident. The antlers were scored between 310 and 330 points, which qualifies for trophy status. Citizens Against Poaching is offering a reward for information on the case. The incident happened between Feb. 10 and 13. Contact CAP at 800-632-5999 if you have information.

Soldier Mountain reaches deal with state

Soldier Mountain Ski Area in Fairfield has reached an agreement with Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden on the purchase of the property.

Matthew and Diane McFerran must distribute $13,400 worth of charitable goods and services over the next four years because they are paying below market value for items that had been held as charitable assets, including two lifts and a lodge. The McFerrans paid $149,900 for the ski area. It was appraised at $162,402.

“This ski area is a wonderful asset to the community and I believe this agreement will help keep it that way for generations to come,” Wasden said in a press release. “It’s my hope the McFerrans can now focus on preserving and growing this resource for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill level.”


Some notable items from the week:

Two bald eagles were poached near Brownlee Reservoir

U.S. Fish and Wildlife wants to delist Yellowstone grizzly bears, which could open the door to hunting for them in Idaho

Hillside to the Hollow trail improvements coming soon

A new Greenbelt detour started this week


Here’s a reminder about trail etiquette for mountain bikers and Fish and Game’s look at how they track mule deer.