Mardon Resort / Potholes Reservoir Fishing Report.

The fishing on the Potholes Reservoir fair for most species and good for largemouth bass. The water level has dropped just over a foot and a half this past week and is currently at 1034.25 feet. This brings the Reservoir to a level 11.05 feet lower than the high mark this year. The water temps back in the dunes are reaching the mid 80’s during the day with the main lake surface temps moving into the low 80’s.
The trout fishing has slowed slightly with the warm water temperatures. Fish in the 2-5 pound range are still being caught. Anglers have been long lining Flicker Minnows and Rapala Shad Raps in 15-30 feet of water from the MarDon Resort to the State Park and along Medicare Beach.
The walleye are still holding in the weeds in 5-18 feet. Storm GT 360s, #5 Flicker Shads, Smile Blade – Slow Death Rigs, and crawler harness/blade combinations have been the top producers. Top colors are orange and chartreuse, and perch patterned crankbaits. Early is best in this heat- 4:30 am – 8:30am. The bite can be tough due to the amount of bait available right now and the fact that there is still a fair amount of water giving both the walleye and bait a lot of cover to hide in.
Not many crappie reports form the Reservoir this week. The MarDon Resort dock fishing has been good for numbers with fish to 11 inches being caught The Trout magnet in green -red flake and in white & chartreuse are working well as are yellow and white crappie jigs and Gulp Minnows in the Emerald Shiner color. The bluegill fishing off the dock has been very good this week. Use Trout Magnets and crappie jigs tipped with maggots or small pieces of worm. The perch fishing has picked up on the Reservoir. Perch are being caught in 10-22 feet of water using a variety of panfish jigs and Gulp Minnows, and worms around Goose Island. Dock fishing is only available to registered guests staying at MarDon Resort.
The Channel Catfish and bullhead fishing has been very good this past week. A lot are being caught while trolling for walleye or fishing a worm on the bottom. Several Channels over eight pounds have been caught this week. Fish around Goose Island, the face of the dunes, and up Lind Coulee for the Channel Cats.
Largemouth fishing in the dunes continues to be good. The fish are hitting SPRO Frogs – early, spinnerbaits, and creature baits such as the Keitech Crazy Flapper pitched to the edges of cover with a ½ oz. tungsten weight. The smallmouth are hitting Flicker Shads, tubes, and Keitech Custom Leeches along the face of the dam in 6-20 feet of water on rock. This is a great time to get your kids out fishing! There are a lot of smaller smallmouth and perch that are very willing to bite.

Duwayne Wolf with a big 10.80 pound Channel Cat!

Dylan Roberts and Jessie Koon of Tacoma, WA fished worms off the MarDon Resort dock for this nice stringer of Bluegill.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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