FISHING — An Idaho record yellow perch was caught Saturday in Cascade Lake north of Boise.
Luke Spaete of Boise was participating in a fishing derby when he caught the fish, which weighed 2 pounds, 10.88 ounces and was 15 and three-quarters of an inch long.
Cascade Lake has a clear connection with lunker perch. The old record of 2 pounds, 9.6 ounces was set in 1976 and tied two years ago at Lake Cascade. Another angler in last weekend's fishing derby caught a fish on Sunday that would have broken the old record, but was short of Spaete's new record fish, according to the Idaho Statesman.
Spaete said he’d already caught two pretty big perch before spotting “one giant blob” on his fish finder. The perch’s belly and dorsal fin scraped the edges of the 8-inch hole in the ice, he said.