Mardon Resort / Potholes Reservoir Fishing Resort

Fall fishing has arrived on the Potholes Reservoir! The cooler water temps have had a dramatically positive affect on all species – especially the walleye, crappie and bluegill! With the water temps in the upper 50’s, the fish are active and eating. Now is a great time to get out and fish for any species in the lake! The Potholes Reservoir water level is currently at 1030.70 feet and should remain near this level until the last week in October.
The walleye fishing has been steady this past week with fish up to 13.70 pounds being reported. The face of the dunes, mid lake humps and Lind Coulee have been the most productive spots. The walleye are at varying depths form 6 to 30 feet. Troll either a Slow Death hook, with or without a Smile Blade and half a crawler or a #7 Flicker Shad or a Rapala Shad Rap. Now is the time to start blade baiting for walleye as well.
Crappie, perch and bluegill fishing is going strong on the Reservoir. Find the mid-lake humps and fish the tops and sides of them in 10-30 feet of water. The mouth of Crab Creek, Goose Island, and Lind Coulee are producing panfish as well. Fish a 1-1/2”-2.0” Gulp Minnow on a 1/32nd or 1/16th oz. jig head. The MarDon Dock is fishing very good for keeper crappie with several fishermen limiting yesterday. Dock fishing is only available to registered guests staying at MarDon Resort.
Bass fishing for both Largemouth and Smallmouth has been extremely good across the Reservoir. Top spots have been the face of the dam, Goose Island, Lind Coulee and the face of the dunes. Fish football heads and hula grubs, crankbaits, Senkos, tubes and 3-5” grubs on a 3/8 oz. jig head. Topwater baits – Zara Spooks and Whopper Ploppers – are working early morning and in the evening.
The trout fishing is starting to pick up both on the Reservoir and in the Seep Lakes. Troll the Reservoir with Flicker Shads for both trout and walleye. Fish the seep lake with Rooster Tails and Power Bait floated off the bottom. Top lakes for trout have been Lower Hampton, Upper Goose, and Long Lake.

Orville Jutte of Tenino, WA having a blast catching a nice stringer of crappie off the MarDon dock!

Orville Jutte of Tenino, WA having a blast catching a nice stringer of crappie off the MarDon dock!
Mike and Roz Reichner of Sequim, WA show a beautiful Fall Potholes Reservoir walleye.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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