Well out of the way, Cavanaugh has long been a remote, summer-home-by-the-lake type place. It's open year round and hold historically has held both cutthroat trout and kokanee, though the silvers are on the smallish side. You'll also find rainbows (excess hatchery program fry), some holdover cutthroat trout down deep, an occasional eastern brook and a few largemouth bass Triploid plants were cut this year. You may chum or feed for kokanee when still-fishing.
Angler amenities: Best fished now before the weather and water warms and skier and skidoo set starts churning up the lake. Try fishing deep for the cutthroat.
Surface area: 844 acres.
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In the catch: Kokanee, rainbow and cutthroat. Eastern brook.
Stocking for 2008: 2006-2007 rainbow and cutthroat fry releases.
Special rules: Chumming is permitted, otherwise statewide season, size and bag limits apply.
Boat launch: State fish and wildlife department – gravel on the southeast side of the lake, best approached by taking the lakeshore drive around the southwest side of the lake .
Getting there: Drive from Interstate 5 somewhere around Mount Vernon and drive east to Highway 9 the drive south along the east side of Big Lake and watch for the Lake Cavanaugh Road. It's about 14 miles of black-top road, though it'll seem you're driving deep into the woods.