Mardon Resort / Potholes Reservoir Fishing Report.

The fishing on Potholes Reservoir this spring has been amazing. Anglers have been throwing flipping jigs, senkos, creature baits, spinner baits and a variety of 3’-5’ grubs and many more. We have had an incredible frog bite especially with Spro Popper Frog and Lunkerhunt Frogg series. The 34th year MarDon Resort has enjoyed hosting the Potholes Open Bass Tournament with weigh-in just under 3000 lbs. of Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass at the scales. This was a new record, just ask Potholes Bass Club President Tom Tweed who was weighmaster, how tired he was after weighing just under 3000 lbs. of bass.
On May 21 & 22nd, Jeff Priester and Willy Nelson presented the first ever two day Northwest Bass Tournament. Jeff Priester donated $25 per team to the CWFAC Potholes Reservoir Underwater Habitat Restoration Project which netted $1950 to the habitat.
Crappie fishing on MarDon dock has begun early this year.
Walleye limits are being reported by the Big Dune on the west side of the sand dunes. Crab Creek and Lind Coulee, are being reported as fair. Reports also indicate Wally Pop’s with crawler and slow death jigs with crawlers. The bait fish begin to move into better water quality in the main pool. Fish the eastside outside the dunes and the west side near Potholes State Park for good activity as the lake lowers. Also trout at Frenchman’s waste way and the mouth of Crab Creek have been reported to 6 lbs. Now with 60’ surface temperature our trout are very active and wedding rings , needlefish, rapala’s and flickershad’s work well.
The team of Russ and Cody Anderson (pictured) enjoyed Limit Out Marine Big Bass Tournament. The Anderson’s won one hour with 5.9 oz largemouth to earn $600 for their weekend. In the Northwest Bass Tournament, the team of Brian Russell and James Castillo won the Big Bass Tournament by winning an hour for $600 and $8000 for the weekend biggest Bass with a 6.67 lb. largemouth bass.
Soda Lake continues to provide good walleye and bass action, plus some nice perch in 40 feet of water.
Everyone have a great Memorial Day weekend. Take time to think why we celebrate and remember our veterans.

 Kord & Laurie Lofthus from Belfair caught walleye and huge perch trolling slow death rigs in the dunes.


Kord & Laurie Lofthus from Belfair caught walleye and huge perch trolling slow death rigs in the dunes.

Cody Anderson with a lunker largemouth bass from Potholes Reservoir.

Cody Anderson with a lunker largemouth bass from Potholes Reservoir.

 Duane Martinson of Enumclaw shows two of his seventeen perch from Soda Lake.


Duane Martinson of Enumclaw shows two of his seventeen perch from Soda Lake.

Robert Kelly of Moses Lake (Mardon’s favorite crappie fisherman) landed crappies over 12 inches long from Mardon Resort’s fishing dock.

Robert Kelly of Moses Lake (Mardon’s favorite crappie fisherman) landed crappies over 12 inches long from Mardon Resort’s fishing dock.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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