Mardon Resort / Potholes Fishing Report

Water temperatures are continuing to rise in both the Potholes Reservoir and in the Seep Lakes. Surface temps moved into the upper 60’s in the dunes and the mid 60’s on the main lake. The increase in water temperature has increased fish activity all around!
Bass fishing – both largemouth and smallmouth – is extremely good right now! With the high water and late Spring – there are a lot of big fish hanging out in the dunes. Nixon’s Marine hosted the Northwest Bass Potholes Reservoir Qualifier Tournament at MarDon Resort. The result was awesome for both the fishermen and for the Reservoir! Day One Big Fish went to Mike Wolsky and Ron Hobbs Jr. weighing in a 7.21 pound largemouth with a total day one five fish weight of 22.90 pounds. Day two – Curt Morris/Ethan Lewis weighed big fish of the tournament at 8.02 pounds! Levi Meseberg and Kelly Ross weighed 23.46 pounds for the big bag on Day2. Big congratulations to Aaron Echternkamp and David Kromm. They took first place with a two-day weight of 44.70 pounds for ten fish!
A big “Thank You!” to Jeff Priester and Nixon’s Marine for donating $2,000 to the CWFAC. This donation and all proceeds from the raffle will be used to purchase the components required to build the habitat boxes that are dropped into the Potholes Reservoir to create cover for the forage base. This project has been ongoing since 2004 and will continue with the goal of creating outstanding recreational fishing opportunities, now and well into the future, on the Potholes Reservoir.
The largemouth bass are back in the dunes. Some have finished spawning and some are still on beds. Bass fishermen are using jigs, spinnerbaits, plastics and top-water baits. The smallmouth are just moving up to spawn. Anglers have been finding them in 2 -8 feet of water along the face of the dam, by Goose Island as well as in Lind Coulee. Crankbaits in perch patterns, Senkos and spinnerbaits are working well.
Trout fishermen are doing well trolling Needlefish and Super Dupers along Medicare beach and the stretch between MarDon Resort and the State Park. The trout are running 2-5 pounds in the Reservoir.
The walleye fishing has been fair. Anglers are having the most success fishing back in the dunes on weed-lines in 6-12 feet of water. The most productive area has been from Winchester Wasteway to the Big Dune over to the Job Corp Dike. Walleye are being caught in Crab Creek and a few are coming out of Lind Coulee as well. Slow Death Hooks and night crawlers trolled slow seems to be the top producer. A Whistle Pig with either a whole or half a crawler jigged near the willows is also picking up fish.
The Crappie and bluegill have finally shown up at the MarDon dock! One angler caught over 30 crappies in two hours using a 1/64 oz. Trout Magnet jig in white, brown, and green-red flake. The fish averaged 9-11 inches. We have had several other reports of Crappie being caught in Lind Coulee and under the Pump House.
Channel Catfish fishing is very good right now back in the dunes and up in Lind Coulee. Jesus Estrada of Renton, WA caught a 19 pound 8 oz. Channel Cat in Frenchman’s Wasteway using a worm scented with garlic oil. He released the fish alive after taking a few pictures!
The Seep Lakes have been picking up for all species. Hutchison Lake has been very good for Crappie and largemouth bass. Long and Soda Lakes have been good for bass, walleye, and trout. The Hamptons and the Pillar-Widgeon chain have been yielding some nice stringers of trout. Corral Lake is doing well for both bass and trout.

Jesus Estrada of Renton, WA, caught this 19.5 lb. Channel Catfish out of Frenchman’s Wasteway on a worm scented with garlic oil. He released the fish back into the Reservoir after pictures were taken!

Congratulations to David Kromm and Aaron Echterncamp for a 1st Place finish in the Northwest Bass Tournament this past weekend on the Potholes Reservoir with a winning weight of 44.70 lbs. for 10 fish!

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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