Potholes Reservoir Still Kicking Out Impressive Fish Stringers

This past week at MarDon Resort have been filled with good fishing and great visitors!  We had the pleasure of hosting Shaw Grisby from the Strike King Corporation.  My son Levi helped them film a bass fishing show on Potholes Reservoir and Aaron Eckterncamp of Moses Lake assisted them with a show filmed on Moses Lake featuring the Strike King Frog Bates.  The amazing thing about Mr. Grisby, after decades of international exposure,  remains a very humble and kind man.  We loved having him and his crew here for a few days.

 

Fishing on Potholes Reservoir

Dock fishing at MarDon Resort remains excellent for yellow perch.  Oak Harbor Resident, Herb Shultz, was perch fishing at the MarDon Dock and landed a 4lb 8oz smallmouth Bass.  We have been seeing some perch to 12 inches off the dock this past week.

Bass fishing on the face of O’Sullivan Dam has been very active for smallmouth using top water lures.  Small mouth fishing has also been active in the Lind Coulee Arm of Potholes Reservoir.  Diving Plugs in a crawdad color or pattern, ½ oz spinner baits in chartreuse or white have been the best lure’s for this type of fishing.  Always fish the rocky points.  (An occasional walleye will attach these baits).

The Frog bite in the Sand Dunes has started.  Bass anglers have been reporting surface water temperatures in the sand dune area in the low to mid 70 degree range.

With warming surface water temperatures the Rainbow Trout bite has improved.  The giant rainbows we watched earlier this spring from the shoreline at the south end of the Lake have reappeared at the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway and Medicare Beach.  They have been actively feeding on  yellow  perch and growing up to an inch a month.  Anglers have been catching these jumbo rainbows trolling #3 Needlefish and Rapala Shad Rap’s this past week with improved success.

Russ Anderson, who has been enjoying Shaw Grisby’s television programs for many years and was very excited to meet him this week at MarDon Resort.  Russ also indicated he could not believe what a nice  and gracious man Shaw is.

Russ Anderson, who has been enjoying Shaw Grisby’s television programs for many years and was very excited to meet him this week at MarDon Resort. Russ also indicated he could not believe what a nice and gracious man Shaw is.

Chris Herrera and Ray Arnhold enjoyed a successful day of trolling in the Crab Creek Area for walleye.

Chris Herrera and Ray Arnhold enjoyed a successful day of trolling in the Crab Creek Area for walleye.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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