Potholes Reservoir / Mardon Resort Recreation Report

The water level continues to rise and the water temperature is 40-43 degrees on the Potholes Reservoir. The current water level is 1039.80 – .86 feet higher than this time last week. The Reservoir is expected to rise between .75 and 1.00 foot per week. The Reservoir is currently 6.70 feet below full pool of 1046.50 feet.
Not much to report on the fishing side this week – not because of the fishing – but because of the lack of fishermen. Best bet is to blade bait the humps in 20 feet in the morning moving to 35-40 feet as the day goes on. Fish ½ oz. blade baits in either silver or gold, or troll crawler harnesses on a 2-oz. bottom walker. The face of the dam is producing walleye, smallmouth and trout. Crankbaits, swimbaits, dropshot baits, and football heads with skirted hula grubs and blade baits are the top baits on the dam.
This week has spotty for duck hunter. Some hunters did very well while others struggled to find birds. Several 3-party limits of mallards were brought in. Not many new birds came in. There are opportunities for geese in the fields as well. Mostly little birds right now, but numbers are decent. The hunting has been good when the weather cooperates. As the temperatures begin dropping this week, more birds should be showing up.

The Mike Porter and Wes Porter party enjoyed a limit of Geese while hunting with Levi Meseberg!

Jeffrey, Jason, and Mark Engel from San Jose, CA limited two days in row hunting Greenheads on the Duck Taxi!

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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