Each year for decades’ waterfowl hunters anticipate Northern Migratory waterfowl moving into Central Washington by Thanksgiving. Once again we are seeing the beginning of new birds in the Potholes Recreation Area. Small Canadian Geese have been migrating to our area for two weeks. Some new big geese are being spotted all over Royal Slope. Northern duck typically arrive right behind the big geese.
Now, we are seeing a small number of new ducks coming south. Hard working pheasant hunters are harvesting noticeably more birds than the last several seasons. The Pheasant release program being run by volunteers from the Royal Youth Booster program has provided a positive experience for new hunters, young dogs as well as senior hunters and all. Over 2000 birds were raised by the Boosters Volunteers under the direction of Booster president Sam Worsham. This fund raising project is a 501C3 and all monies are dedicated to enhance activities for students in the Royal City School District.
Walleye Anglers continue to report good action, but this past week the wind has been pushing trollers and Blade Bait jiggers to the sheltered water of the Lind Coulee arm of Potholes Reservoir. The public boat launch at the “M” street bridge is the best place to launch your boat to be sheltered from the winds of late. The fall bite is on at the Lind Coulee.
The Mardon dock has been slow with our recent winds. Corral Lake across the street from Mardon, is a good option for rainbows and triploids. Plus, Corral Lake is very well sheltered from recent winds. Call the MarDon Tackle Shop for current fishing info. (509)346-2651
The Potholes Chapter DU Banquet is Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Tickets are still available, please call (509) 989-9802 for tickets or information. The Banquet is held at the clubhouse at the O’Sullivan Sportsman’s Resort off HWY 262.