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Name: dutchman2858 Date: November 07, 2014 Rating:
 
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Beautiful fall day on the lake. Redwing Blackbirds that were flocking last week have gone for the season it appears, but the Canadian Geese are flying now. Not alot of business today, and it took awhile to figure the bass out, but we caught a few decent fish for Cassidy. The only thing we found that they wanted were black 4" Senkos, and 3" black Sniper Bolts, fished weightless, and basically dead-sticked on the bottom: let 'em sink, and let 'em sit.
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Name: dutchman2858 Date: October 29, 2014 Rating:
 
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Weather was OK today, but breezy. Tossed a good combination of stuff at them, but only cranks worked. Caught three but they didn't have any size to them. Biggest MIGHT have gone 1.5#.

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Name: dutchman2858 Date: October 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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Started out with a bit of sunshine, but ended up with steady, heavy rain. Of course I looked at the early weather and left my rainpants at home....

All in all a pretty satisfying day. my son and I had the lake to ourselves and worked our way around the shore with a variety of techniques. I caught a decent bass on a Kopper Live Target mouse, then had another hit that I missed. I moved the boat and gave my son a shot at the missed fish with the bluegill crankbait he was throwing. He had a hard hit with only 15 feet of line out and things got exciting at the boat with the fish winning the battle at boatside in the confusion. It was somewhere north of 4# and would have been our best Lake Cassidy bass.

A few more small fish finished up the day. As usual CPR.
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Name: bcmcmail Date: September 23, 2014 Rating:
 
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The lake was dead at first, we fished from 8 am to noon. After a couple hours on the lake we started catching small bass and some perch even one blue gill. All the fish we caught were less then a pound but still lots of fun i have been on this lake a few other times with little luck but we fished mostly the south end of the lake this time and caught about ten fish total making it a fun day. oh yeah we mostly trolled rapallas and plunked with some worms.
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Name: dutchman2858 Date: September 20, 2014 Rating:
 
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Had planned on taking my grandson out trolling for coho last Saturday, then realized it was the Everett Coho Derby! Didn't want to fight the boat ramp thing, so we loaded up some freshwater gear and headed to Cassidy. Fishing was slow today, but Ethan got into a few bluegills, and saw a raccoon working along the shoreline through the cattails, so he was happy. My son, Ben, was tossing bass stuff and managed to interest a decent LMB on a black/yellow frog. We also picked up a few dink bass. Nice day on the water on a beautiful (but tough) little lake!
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Name: whorde Date: September 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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As I had no work Friday afternoon, I decided to start my weekend at Lake Cassidy. As with my last trip there - big mistake.

People claim there are crappie in Lake Cassidy. Which I can confirm, as in 4+ hours I caught 1. Which at 8 inches, the biggest crappie I've ever caught, had to be thrown back as it did not meet the minimum. Now in 10 or so hours I would estimate, without checking my last post, I've caught 1 crappie instead of 0.

The trouble with Cassidy is that in the end, there is no structure. The entire lake is flat and muddy and too shallow and too murky for any bottom plant life. So there is no way to know where any fish are, as there is no reason for them to be in any one spot rather than any other. If I go to Ballinger, or Phantom, or Lake Washington, I know I can vary the underwater structure, and hence what fish I might catch, by changing depth. In Cassidy, you're either at the edge of the lily pads, or you're in a great sea of identical nothing.

I got to Cassidy maybe 3:30. Had a nice conversation with a guy at the launch who said he was 87. He was in great shape for 87. I hope I am so lucky. That was the highlight of the trip. I threw the senko for a while at the edge of the pads on the west side, got nothing. Not even a bite. I've read there are perch in Cassidy so why not - drug a worm on the bottom, got nothing. Threw the crappie jig, shallow, got nothing. Threw the crappie jig deeper, got nothing. Went to the east side by the reeds, tried worm under bobber, after 4 bobber down in the same spot I prevented a skunk - the smallest perch I've ever seen. A while later, a bass of perhaps 4 inches. So I'm back to worm on the bottom, the sun is going down in maybe 20 minutes - suddenly I have a bite. Bullhead. Then in quick succession, perch, perch, pumpkinseed, pumpkinseed. Then I see something rising, so I go back to crappie jig, dont catch whatever is rising, cast around and get the 1 crappie. By now it's 15 minutes past sundown, and I get no more bites and I leave.

The lesson I learned? Two actually. First lesson, never waste my time going to Cassidy ever again. It's a 30-45 minute drive depending on traffic and regardless of how pretty the lake is, and how it looks like it has varied habitat and would be great for fishing, I'm not going to catch anything. Second lesson - if I do foolishly go back for some reason, I will get there 45 minutes before sundown, inflate my raft, fish from 20 minutes before till 20 minutes after, and then leave. Cassidy is a terrible lake that is not worth wasting time on. I would like to give it -1 stars. Unfortunately that is not an option. At this point, I dont even believe the reports that people post for this lake of bags full of crappie. I've heard enough fish stories in person now to understand that 90% of it is nonsense.
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Name: primetime Date: August 26, 2014 Rating:
 
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Hit Cassidy tonight. I mainly wanted to just get familiar with my new drift boat. Get used to backing down a trailer, rowing, etc. the fishing was ok considering I never lake fish. My buddy and I caught 4 perch, 1 crappie, and 1 bass. Fun night on the water but it felt even better to get my boat out for the first time. Next up is a river run!
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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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