Mardon Resort / Potholes Reservoir Fishing Report

The current water level on Potholes Reservoir is dropping rapidly. The highest water level this year was 1045.06, currently pool height level is 1042.70. As the water level lowers, fishing improves.
Bass fishing has been good for, largemouth in the sand dunes and smallmouth near Goose Island and along the face of O’Sullivan Dam. Many of our smallmouth are under fourteen inches. The WDFW have established a perfect limit for smallmouth on Potholes. Ten fish each day may be taken but only one smallmouth over 14 inches may be retained. We have too many smallmouth from 6 to 12 inches, take some home for dinner, so they don’t stunt their population. Our family releases all Largemouth to “swim away and catch them again on another day”.
Crappie continue to produce at the MarDon fishing dock. Also rainbow trout, perch, bluegill, bass, walleye, catfish and even some carp are being reported at the dock. This past week rainbow have been amazing trolling on the face of the sand dunes, using Rapala’s and Berkley Flicker Shads.
Walleye action in Crab Creek has been producing better walleye this week. Find a piece of brush or willow 4-6 ft. deep that drop into the main crab creek channel of 10’ to 30’ depth. That’s been the method this past week. Fisher Brothers and Mack’s Lure rigs with night crawlers have been the ticket.

Danny Dye of MarDon shows his jumbo Crab Creek walleye.

Danny Dye of MarDon shows his jumbo Crab Creek walleye.

Char Dye of MarDon shows a fine quality walleye.

Char Dye of MarDon shows a fine quality walleye.

Xavier of Warden (aka as X-man)  with a fine catch of rainbow trout.

Xavier of Warden (aka as X-man) with a fine catch of rainbow trout.

Mason Meseberg shows his 30 inch walleye caught on Father’s Day with his father and grandfather.

Mason Meseberg shows his 30 inch walleye caught on Father’s Day with his father and grandfather.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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