LAKE CASCADE, Idaho — The Idaho B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Junior State Championship is a huge event. Over a period of three days, the competitors and their families camp on the edge of Lake Cascade, practice with adult supervision and then conclude with the tournament.
This year was a bit of a disappointment, however, when the fishing wasn’t as good as expected. The problem with Lake Cascade is usually how to find fish that will measure, not how to find fish.
“The fishing was tough,” said Chris Rambough, state youth director. “We scheduled the tournament for the end of July to take advantage of the hot bite, but for some reason the fish completely shut down. Even the shorts were hiding.
“Other than that, though, we all had a wonderful time. Bass fishing in Idaho is about getting together with family and friends. We can have a great time without catching a lot of fish.”
David Ashton, winner in the 11- to 14-year-olds age group, managed to catch a limit of three bass for a total weight of 4.02 pounds. His win was especially gratifying after two consecutive runner-up finishes.
In the 15-18 age group, Ethan Peterson caught a limit that weighed 8 1/2 pounds to secure his win. It marked his third Junior Championship win.