Potholes Reservoir / Mardon Resort Fishing Report

During this heat wave of late June and early July walleye anglers have enjoyed a continuing walleye bite on Potholes Reservoir. Your best luck is to fish for walleye in the early morning or late in the afternoon. Troll spinners and crawlers or try trolling a crankbait in 10 feet of water near a shallow weed line adjacent to some deeper water from 15 to 20 feet deep.   This same pattern of deep water near a shallow water weed line is a great area to cast a Rapala Shad-Rap, Strike King Square Bills and many other baitfish copies to catch quality bass and a few late morning feeding walleye. Anyone that says walleye don’t fight have not landed a 22in walleye casting a plug or a spinnerbait.

Bass anglers have been coming from all over the Northwest to experience our quality bass fishery on Potholes Reservoir. With our early summer heat top water bass fishing has been amazing. Many bass fishers finish their bass fishing before noon. And it has been common for anglers to report a 30 fish catch and release day. With surface water temps in the low 80 degree area, bass action has been simply nuts. Take the kids fishing on the face of O’Sullivan Dam for smallmouth bass and they will become interested in fishing in a single trip.

 Jack Peppler of the Royal Slope caught this huge rainbow trout fishing Soda Lake.


Jack Peppler of the Royal Slope caught this huge rainbow trout fishing Soda Lake.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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