Mardon Resort/Potholes Reservoir Fishing Report

As we move into Mid-July summer daytime high temperatures are flirting with the century mark. These are the summer days when great life time memories are created. Whether you are enjoying swimming and boating on Potholes Reservoir in waters approaching 80 degree surface temp or bass fishing with floating stick baits, poppers, buzz baits or any of your favorite bass fishing lures. Several bass fishers this past week have reported 30 to 50 fish catch and release days.

Trolling for Jumbo Rainbow on the face of O’Sullivan Dam with Needlefish, Rapala Shad Raps, or Baby Hot Lips and D-C 13’s has been producing rainbow to 26” (7lbs). Our best walleye action has been reported on the north-east side of Goose Island in 20 to 35 feet of water.

The MarDon Fishing Dock has been producing Crappie to 12 inches this past week. Some bluegill over 6 inches long, Yellow Perch up to 10 inches and lots of smallmouth bass, mostly under 12 inches.

Take a kid fishing for smallmouth bass early in the morning or just before dark using a Rebel or Strike King Popper and you will make him or her a bass fisherman for life. With irrigation search at its peak the water level on Potholes Reservoir is lowering daily.   As we lose more water the fish are easier to locate and boat or bank fish for, especially Crappie, Bluegill and Bass.

Michael Ranch of Denmark, now living in Warden, caught this huge trout using a diving plug off O'Sullivan Dam.

Michael Ranch of Denmark, now living in Warden, caught this huge trout using a diving plug off O’Sullivan Dam.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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