Monthly Archives: September 2019

Potholes Reservoir / Mardon Resort Fishing Report.

MarDon Fresh News – September 13, 2019
The current water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1029.93 feet – up 0.37 feet from one week ago. The water level is fluctuating up and down constantly – within a 4-5” range – basically staying level this past week. The water temp is dropping with the cooler nights. The water temps in the sand dunes and on the main Reservoir are in the low to mid 70s. 80s. With the water level where it is – use extreme caution while boating between Goose Island and the face of the dam and the face of the sand dunes!
With the water temp dropping and the low water – now is the time to be fishing the Potholes Reservoir! The fishing for most all species in the Reservoir is from good to outstanding as they react to the changing of the season.
The bass fishing continues to be excellent! Low water and falling water temps are spurring some awesome bass fishing. Fish the face of the sand dunes with a ½ oz. football head jig coupled with a hula grub, Senkos, Strike King KVD 5XD crankbaits, and Zara Spooks. Fish from 5 to 20 feet. The Smallmouth bass are being found on the face of the dam and on the rock piles around Goose Island – as well as on the face of the sand dunes. Fish Booyah finesse jigs, Wacky Rigged Senkos, Crankbaits, Tubes and DS Minnows for the Smallmouth.
The walleye fishing has improved considerably this week with the dropping water temps, cooler nights, and low water. . Fish face of the sand dunes in front of the West Arm and Crab Creek in 6-20 feet of water. Fish a Slow Death Hook and a 2 oz. bottom walker and ½ a crawler in 8-15 feet. Troll from .8-1.2 miles per hour. Troll a #5 Flicker Shad or Rapala Shad Rap in the channels and next to the weed beds at 1.5 – 2.5 miles per hour. From now thru November – I would have a blade bait tied on to jig the 10-20-foot depth range.
Trout continue to be caught Medicare Beach to the Mouth of Crab Creek and in front of the State Park. Troll Gibbs Wee G Spoons, Wicked Lures Trout Killers, Needlefish spoons, #7 Flicker Shads and Shad Raps at 2.5 -3.0 mph. Set the drag light as the average trout is 2-5 pounds and can break the line on the initial strike.
The Channel Cat and Bullhead fishing is extremely productive now. Use Catfish Magic Bait, Berkley Catfish Nuggets, and worms on the bottom for both. Fish up Lind Coulee, the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway and in the sand dunes for Channel Cats and Bullhead.
Big Bluegill and big crappie are being caught on the face of the dunes and in the mouth of Crab Creek. Several reports of good crappie fishing in Lind Coulee have come in as well. Troll #5 Flicker Shads to locate schools or use your electronics to find the schools and then anchor up and drop Bobby Garland Baby Shads and Trout Magnets to the fish. Perch are being caught in the mouth of Crab Creek and on the humps in front of the exposed dunes.
Call the MarDon Tackle Store for the latest fishing info at 509-346-2651.
Upcoming Events:
September 13-15 – Marathon Dock Fishing Tournament and Potluck
September 14 – Old Farts Tournament
September 14 – Live Music with Paul Sweeney at the Beach House

Pat Sullivan – MarDon Resort monthly resident fished with local guide Shelby Ross shows a nice mixed bag of Walleye, Crappie, Bluegill, and Perch! Now is the time to get out and fish the Potholes Reservoir!

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Winchester Bay’s Nonselective Ocean Coho Season.

Being able to keep unclipped cohos has definitely helped fishing success.

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Nonselective Ocean Coho Season Update.

September 12, 2019 – Update – Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. Non Selective Coho Recreational Season: The season will be open this Friday through Sunday (September 13-15. Through the second open period a total of 7,950 coho have been landed out of the adjusted quota of 15,640 coho. This leaves 49% of the quota remaining. Fishery managers will evaluate the status of the fishery early next week, and announce any changes to the season dates if needed at that time.

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Ocean Salmon Update.

ACTION TAKEN:

There is an impact neutral rollover of coho remaining from the mark selective summer season to the non mark selective September season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. This results in a net increase of 6,640 coho in the non selective coho season and a revised quota of 15,640 coho.
The non selective coho season is open each Friday through Sunday through the earlier of the quota or September 30. Open days within September may be adjusted by further action.
Angling for Chinook salmon is open 7 days per week through October 31 within the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.
RATIONALE AND NOTES: The recreational season in the area from Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California Border landed an estimated 40,404 coho during the June 22 to August 25 mark selective season. This left 49,596 coho available to rollover on an impact neutral basis to the non selective coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. which opened on August 31. This season was scheduled to open on Saturday, August 31, and then open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through September or the quota of 9,000 coho. When the calculations for the impact neutral rollover were made by the Salmon Technical Team, the resulting rollover was 6,640 coho, and resulted in a revised non selective quota of 15,640 coho.

The opening two days of the non selective season (August 31 and September 1) saw total estimated landings of 5,164 coho or 57% of the original quota. With the rollover, there are enough coho remaining on the quota to insure the next three day opener from Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8 could proceed. Catches from this opening will be evaluated early next week to determine if any changes need to be considered for the next open period.

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ODFW Update – Bottomfishing Clarifications.

Due to recent inseason changes in regulations, there have been a number of questions about what the current bottomfish rules are. Here are some clarifications:

Yelloweye rockfish remain prohibited at all times and in all waters.
China, copper, and quillback rockfish are prohibited for the remainder of the year.
Cabezon are prohibited for the remainder of the year when fishing from a boat.
The recreational bottomfish fishery is open to all-depths as of September 3.
Anglers participating in the summer all-depth halibut fishery can have both halibut and bottomfish (including lingcod) on the same trip.
Anglers participating in the nearshore halibut fishery can continue to retain bottomfish (including lingcod) and halibut on the same trip, but halibut cannot be onboard the vessel outside of the 40 fathom regulatory line.
The offshore longleader fishery regulations remain the same, no halibut or other bottomfish (lingcod) are allowed.
Descending devices must be onboard vessels fishing for bottomfish or halibut, and must be used when releasing rockfish seaward of the 30 fathom line

For additional information please see the sport bottomfish webpage

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Potholes Reservoir / Mardon Resort Fishing Report

The current water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1029.55 feet – down 1.20 feet from one week ago. The water temps in the sand dunes and on the main Reservoir are in the upper 70s to low 80s. With the water level as low as it is – use extreme caution while boating between Goose Island and the face of the dam and the face of the sand dunes.
The bass fishing continues to be excellent! The water continues to drop – pulling baitfish and the bass to the face of the dunes and onto the habitat boxes and humps. Fish the sand dunes and Crab Creek with 3/8th oz. swim jigs, Senkos, Strike King KVD 2.5 Square Bill crankbaits, and SPRO frogs. As the water continues to drop – the outer dunes and the face of the dunes will continue to improve. Reports of bigger bass are coming in – being caught on the face of the sand dunes in 15-25 feet of water. The Smallmouth bass are being found on the face of the dam and on the rock piles around Goose Island – as well as in the sand dunes. Fish Booyah finesse jigs, Wacky Rigged Senkos, Crankbaits, Tubes and DS Minnows for the Smallmouth.
A few more walleye are being caught. Like the bass fishing – as the water drops – both baitfish and the walleye will move out of the dunes to the face and onto the humps. Fish face of the sand dunes in front of the West Arm and Crab Creek in 6-20 feet of water. Fish a Slow Death Hook and a 2 oz. bottom walker and ½ a crawler in 8-15 feet. Troll from .8-1.2 miles per hour. Troll a #5 Flicker Shad or Rapala Shad Rap in the channels and next to the weed beds at 1.5 – 2.5 miles per hour.
Several reports of good trout fishing came in this week from Medicare Beach to the Mouth of Crab Creek and in front of the State Park. Troll Gibbs Wee G Spoons, Wicked Lures Trout Killers, Needlefish spoons, #7 Flicker Shads and Shad Raps at 2.5 -3.0 mph. Set the drag light as the average trout is 2-5 pounds and can break the line on the initial strike.
The Channel Cat and Bullhead fishing continues to be extremely productive this week. Use Catfish Magic Bait, Berkley Catfish Nuggets, and worms on the bottom for both. Fish up Lind Coulee, the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway and in the sand dunes for Channel Cats and Bullhead.
Big Bluegill and big crappie are being caught on the face of the dunes and in the mouth of Crab Creek. Several reports of good crappie fishing in Lind Coulee have come in as well. Troll #5 Flicker Shads to locate schools or use your electronics to find the schools and drop Bobby Garland Baby Shads and Trout Magnets to the fish. Perch are being caught in the mouth of Crab Creek and on the humps in front of the exposed dunes.
Call the MarDon Tackle Store for the latest fishing info at 509-346-2651.
Upcoming Events:
September 13-15 – Marathon Dock Fishing Tournament and Potluck
September 14 – Old Farts Tournament
September 14 – Live Music with Paul Sweeney at the Beach House

Debbie Daniels and Dave Meseberg show part of their Thursday Morning catch with a nice walleye and Smallmouth bass – fishing the face of the Sand Dunes!

A lunker smallmouth from Potholes Reservoir

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