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Name: ilvcassidylake Date: August 16, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished cassidy from 3:30pm-6:40pm. Slow but okay day. 7 crappie at 11" and a 5" blue gill caught all crappie on 1/32 oz jig
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Name: ilvcassidylake Date: August 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished from 9am-noon. Caught 8 crappies measured at 9 1/2-13" went home with a big smile on my face
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Name: AJFishdude Date: August 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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Before I begin, let me say that this is not just a fishing report, but is rather more like a fishing "short story." You know, the type that your 5th grade teacher made you write reports about. Except rather than being about some random and totally weird topic that you probably don't care about, it's about fishing.

This entire trip was so strange and yet so enjoyable that I simply have to recount the entire tale. So after finishing work today my wife met me and we drove up to Lake Cassidy to do some evening fishing. We got to the lake probably around 5:15pm and had the raft in the water at about 5:30pm. After having paddled no more than 30 feet out I heard the dreaded hissing of a leak in the raft that I bought new and had only used twice up until this trip. Naturally, I didn't have a patch kit or any sort of tape in the raft or in the car, but not wanting to forego the entire trip I began thinking of alternatives as any good captain of a 9' inflatable would do. The only possibility I came across was crazy at best, and that was to use Powerbait to try plug the hole. So I dug a jar out of my tackle box and it just so happened that it actually worked; and not only did it work then, but my Powerbait patch worked for the rest of the night without once needing maintenance. Crisis averted, on to the fishing.

We rowed a short ways down the lake and began to fish the west side lily pad edges much as we had when we were out on the lake the Friday night before. Our setups consisted of 1/32oz. jigs anywhere between 6' and 3' under the float. I started with a white curly tail grub and my wife used a black tube jig with chartreuse tentacles all night. Both of us were also tipping the hooks with pieces of night crawler. We started getting some bites here and there, but nothing was really sticking until my wife finally got a good "bobber down" and set the hook on what appeared to be a nice fish. I was pretty excited about this, seeing as the bend in her rod indicated it was actually something substantial, not just another dink sunfish like we had caught so many of on the previous trip. As she got the fish up to the raft I pulled it out of the water hoping to find a nice fat crappie, but instead it was a Rainbow Trout. Not expecting this at all, considering the bath water temperature of the lake as well as the fishing style we were using, we decided to keep the fish anyway. Not long after that she got another good bobber down and I started getting all excited again at the prospect of a slab crappie. But it wasn't a crappie, nor a rainbow, nor any one of the three other types of fish we had caught so far out of Cassidy. It was yet another type of fish out of the seemingly endless variety of fish in that lake. When I finally got a look at it I was shocked to see that she had just caught a nice size Brown Bullhead catfish, to which her reaction was amazement and joy, considering that catching a catfish had made its way onto her bucket list of things to do.

So that was the second fish of the night that was totally unexpected, not so much because of the water temperature as it was with the rainbow, but because we were bobber fishing. Those who know the catfish know that you don't bobber fish for them, seeing as they typically lurk in the mud at the bottom of the lake. Perhaps there are some out there who do indeed intentionally bobber fish for the cats, and if so, more power to you because it obviously works. I had just never heard of anyone doing it. Oh well. A short while later (and after switching to a red tube jig with yellow tentacles, I believe) I finally managed to get a fish on after having missed the hook set on at least a half dozen good strikes. It's another rainbow, and by now things just start getting weirder. Not long after that rainbow my rod goes off again and I get our second bullhead of the evening up to the raft. For those that know bullhead, you know that they have spikes; and for those that know spikes, you know that they don't mix with rafts...apparently unless you have copious amounts of Powerbait for plugging holes.

Since this fish was on my line, rather than my wife's line, I had to get creative on how to get it onto the stringer while still dealing with my pole and yet not letting the fish sink our raft. It so happened that I hadn't brought along my net that night, thinking we weren't going to need it even if we did catch some big crappie. I had also begun to think that the net was bad luck, seeing as I had brought it on the two previous raft outings and both of those outings had yielded no keeper sized fish. Maybe the net was bad luck, and maybe if I had brought it we wouldn't have caught anything, but I was definitely wishing I had it by this point. I finally ended up laying the fish in the open lid of my tackle box, where my wife's sunglasses were laying as well. As it would so happen, the fish flopped, as fish do, and managed to flop so perfectly that it literally launched her sunglasses right out of the raft and into the water a good two or three feet away.

It was like watching a train wreck. Time slowed down as I saw the glasses sail past my left shoulder and land in the water. I briefly hoped that they might float seeing as they were made of plastic, but that hope sunk just as quickly as the sunglasses.....in about 0.5 seconds....never to be seen again. So we continued fishing and continued catching fish that we weren't supposed to be catching, while our actual targets, some slab crappie, were still not showing themselves. My wife finally managed to hook into a crappie, albeit not a keeper, shortly thereafter and I decided to switch over to a black woolly bugger, probably about size 10, when I started seeing lots of fish rising. This woolly bugger switch is significant, and the reason why is because I had yet to ever catch a fish on a fly even though I had tried numerous times. Well it just so happened that tonight was my lucky night, and on my second or third cast I finally had one of the elusive crappie slam my fly on a slow retrieve. It was too small to keep, but was still significant nonetheless because it was my first fish ever caught on a fly.

By this point the mosquitoes were feasting on us and it was getting dark, so we decided to head in. Just as I was packing up the gear to leave my wife says "I just saw lightning over there." Naturally, that is just the sort of thing you want to hear when you are out on a lake at dusk in a raft plugged up with Powerbait. I had checked the forecast earlier and wasn't expecting the lightning storms until the next day, but I guess that is fitting considering how everything else was going that night. Needless to say, we booked it out of there and made it back to the car just fine.

If only all fishing trips could be so eventful.
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Name: whorde Date: August 10, 2014 Rating:
 
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Got there, boat in water, about sun up. 7am give or take. Headed north up the lake. Bobber and white jig along lily pads. Zero bites. Was hoping to get a couple of crappie, but as with my last 10 outings for such, nothing.

Eventually got bored and switched to little frog lookin lure. Cast that into the edge of the pads and fought the wind for ... oh, I'd say about 4 hours. Landed a couple minnows, maybe 6-7 inches. Had 1 solid strike but it swam straight back under my boat and I couldn't keep tension on the line and it escaped. Based on the pull on the rod, and the pair of less small bass I'd caught the previous two days, I would guess it would have been around 12-14 inches.

I boated around and talked to some people, but the wind was screwing things up big time. Too fast to drift down the pads, casting going awry, etc. Also, I had forgotten my worms so that really limited my options. Next time I'll bring worms.

There is nearly unlimited, really great cover to fish into. I hope the next time there is no wind. Or that I could catch at least 1 crappie.
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Name: AJFishdude Date: August 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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My wife and I got out to fish Cassidy for the first time this past Friday evening. We spent the entire time working the lily pad edges for crappie on the west side of the lake, starting around 7:30pm and leaving at about 9pm. We were both using 1/32 oz. jigs, initially about 3' under the bobber. She had a chartreuse curly tail grub and I was using a red tube jig with yellow tentacles. We also tipped the jigs with a bit of worm for most of the night. We didn't have much action for the first half hour or so, after which I lengthened our depths to about 6'. It was probably right around 8pm that I made that adjustment, and after that it was game on. We didn't end up catching any keeper sized crappie, but we did catch a few smaller ones (our first crappie ever, which was fun), as well as tons of perch, two pumpkinseeds (firsts for them as well) and one small largemouth bass. Some of the time we would just let the gear float and let the fish take it, but at other times we employed a very very slow cast and retrieve method to get a better sense of when the strikes were coming. Both seemed to work pretty well. A fun night overall!
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Name: ilvcassidylake Date: July 09, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished around 7:50pm. Slow action for a bit @8:30pm it was on! Landed 6 crappue at 10-11" alot of little 4-6" all fish catch and released.
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Name: Pontooner80 Date: July 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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Arrived at Cassidy just after 8pm, light was quickly fading. Moments before I got to the lake I was frantically leaving Cabelas with a new budget fishing yak! This was my first attempt at yaking, and I really wasn't sure what to expect.

I decided to tie on a small red and white jig tube I have had for a good 15 years or so why not? I missed so many fish I couldn't stand it! Realized the old tube was trailing away from the hook and fish were missing the stick. A dab of crappie nibble stuff and a nice 11" fish got the hook. Its mouth ripped as I yanked it in the boat and off came the hook just in time to land my first Cassidy Crappie! One more fish hit my jig as I moved locations and left my line in the water. I pulled it up a little fast and a little crappie went flying into the lilies. It was getting too dark to see my line so I decided to head back after only an hour of fishing.

Loved the yak, rod holders were great to have. Speed is so much better and smoother than the pontoon, hauled it back to the launch with ease. So much for the name, think I found my new favorite small lake boat, cheers!
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Name: Idstud Date: July 06, 2014 Rating:
 
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Ran home from fishing Lk stevens cleaned the boat ate some lunch and my oldest wanted to go fishing so we ran down to Cassidy to give some pan fish a go. We tried many things and ended up with one little perch which was set free to get big. We called it a day around 4pm and ran into ilvcassidylake at the launch. It was great to finally meet up with you and get some tips on the lake. Thanks. I cant wait to try it again soon. Next time we will choose a better time to go but what can I say I had to chase those Kok's first. :) Tight lines everyone
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Name: Jmac Date: July 06, 2014 Rating:
 
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Got on the water at 6am fished until 12. First fish was a brown cat off worm and a jig...go figure. Lots of small perch, all thrown back. Rated it a 2 because was pretty slow and wasn't fast action like usual.
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Name: ilvcassidylake Date: July 05, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished cassidy 3pm- 930pm. Fishing was very slow and though. Had to really worked them lillies to catch them. Landed 9 crappie @ 10"-13" lost a few big ones from snaping line. Met a few nice guys who recognized me from website.
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