Cascade Club Tournament August 27 launch change!

The IBM club tournament is scheduled on Cascade Saturday, August 27.  We will be fishing along with Idaho Bass Anglers who is the permit holder.  Originally, launch was to occur at the Cascade City Ramp.  However, due to other events occurring also on Saturday including a Golf Tournament AND a Triathalon, F&G have allowed us bass fisherman to launch from Sugarloaf since the City ramp will be heavily congested with all three events occuring simultaneously. 

Boater meeting is scheduled for 5:45am. at Sugarloaf Ramp.  We should be able to launch approximately 6:45am. or safe light with weigh-in time to be announced at the meeting.  The water has dropped so there is concern about exposed sand bars and other water structure.  Due to the triathalon, there will be off limits, more so than usual.  Those off limits will be starting at the city ramp as far as the island possibly.  The triathalon will have buoys in the water marking the swimming course which should happen approximately 9am. to Noon as it is the first event of the triathalon.  Steve Spears, our tournament director, will announce at the boater meeting the actual off limits and if it will remain so just part of the day or entire tournament hours.  If you arrive late and miss the boater meeting, please be sure to contact a fellow club member to discuss all of the off limits.  We want to remain safe and co-user friendly with all other sporting enthusiasts. 

The Idaho Bass Federation Youth Championship is scheduled for Sunday, August 28.  This event is facilitated by Brian Ashton, TIBF Youth Director.  There are several IBM club members volunteering their time and boats for the youth participants the next day.  Good luck to the Youth and thank you to our club members for once again stepping up to volunteer for our Youth.  May your lines be tight and weights large!  See you on the water!

C.A.S.T. for Kids event this weekend

The C.A.S.T for Kids volunteer event is this weekend, 8/20, at Black Canyon State Park - Black Canyon Dam.

Boats are needed and all help and participation is welcomed.  

Hope to see a great turnout from IdahoBassmasters members - see you there!

Lake Lowell - Important Message

Most of you know that management at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge (Lake Lowell) is in the process of developing a 15 year Comprehensive Conservation Plan that will dictate the use of the lake.  You may view these proposals at the web site for Deer Flat or visit  If you are a user of the lake and able to find anything of value in the preferred proposals, I am sorry to bother you with this message.  If you are as concerned as many of us are please read further.

Your input is needed to ensure the long term use of the lake.  I have linked (click HERE) the final proposal that a group of us have developed.  We believe it ensures continued use of the lake even though it is not what we prefer (we would like the current usage).  If you do nothing else comment to the refuge that you endorse the Action Alternative Proposal #5.
On Saturday, July 9th participate in the parade from Karcher Mall to the lake.  This event is receiving wide spread local news coverage and is expected to gain national attention.  Gather behind Karcher Mall beginning at 9 am.
On Thursday July 21st refuge managers are scheduled to address The Idaho Bass Federation membership and all interested parties.  Please plan to attend.  This meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 pm at Western Marine in Nampa.  Refuge staff will likely present their proposals and open the floor for questions.  I am sure you will have many questions so do not hesitate to ask.  Please bring a chair since the meeting area is actually a show room and not equipped for more than a few people and we will not ask the ownership to rent chairs for this event.
Thank you,
Additional Information:
Idaho Statesman 7/7/2011:   Idaho Statesman Article on Lake Lowell
Save Lake Lowell website: