Potholes Reservoir Fishing Improving

The latest fishing report for Potholes Reservoir (courtesy of Anne Meseberg) is that Central-Eastern Washington is enjoying the signs of an earlier spring than the last two years.  Ice off was three weeks earlier this year compared to 2012.  This past week bank fishing anglers were reporting quality rainbow trout from the southern shores of Potholes Reservoir.  Six limits of rainbow’s  were also reported from the public access known as Blythe Point Boat Launch.  One lunker trout 28 inches long was reported from these limits.  Frenchman’s Waste-way, where it enters Potholes Reservoir has been producing good trout as well.  Bank fishers at MarDon Resort are having good action on rainbow up to 4lbs fishing from the shore and off the dock.  Canal, Heart, and Windmill Lakes are also producing Trout.  The bank fishing trout ammunition has been Berkley power-bait with a night crawler.  Larger Rainbows are being caught using cocktail shrimp with a power-bait marshmallow or a brand name “Coon-Shrimp” (Larger Bait Shrimp) with Smelly Jelly.

Walleye reports have been limited.  One pair of very good walleye fishers reported using blade baits in 38 feet of water and landing two 10lb walleye, a bur-bot (fresh water ling-cod) and a 1lb 9oz yellow-perch. For more information please call the MarDon Resort Tackle Shop (509) 346-2651.
Upcoming MarDon Events: April 6-7 – Washington Bow-fishing Jackpot Tournament; April 20-21 – Potholes Open Bass Tournament; May 4-5 – Spring Walleye Classic.

Recent fishing photos (courtesy of Mardon Resort) #1-Desert Air Resident, Russel Brixey, caught a limit of rainbow trout with the largest weighing around 4lbs fishing off the shore at MarDon Resort. #2-Kevin shows a quality walleye caught winter fishing on the MarDon Resort Dock.

Mike Meseberg adds: Now these walleye are preparing for the spring spawn.  Surface water temperatures have been reported to 44 degrees.  Walleye spawn at 45 degrees.  Walleye action will only improve with natural spring conditions.  The two areas to focus on at this time are the Lind Coulee and the area between the outlet of Moses Lake and Crab Creek boat launch.

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About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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