Monthly Archives: September 2013

More Outdoor Recreation News From Mardon Resort

As Potholes Reservoir cools with incoming fall weather the fishing for all species will only get better.  The bass guys are having a ball with largemouth bass at the face of the dunes.  Smallmouth bass are most catchable at the rock piles in the main lake between Goose Island and O’Sullivan Dam.  Potholes are now at the low water status typical for this time of year.  Cover is harder for fish to locate for sanctuary.  (Now is when the underwater habitat restoration project is the most valuable, cwfac.org).

Fish the shady side of the weed matts, rock piles, beaver huts, & points of the sand dunes on the main lake.  As for perch they are everywhere!!!  We have limits of perch coming off the dock daily and reports of perch being caught by boaters all over the reservoir.  Put a crappie jig and a worm on and you will find perch.  There are suspended perch in the Lind Coulee or just about any hump in the sand dunes.  The mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway at Potholes State Park has been a hot spot all summer for perch limits.  The walleye’s are harder to catch due to the vast perch explosion creating the best food availability in decades.  Walleye troller’s on the face of the sand dunes are landing walleye in 5 to 15 feet of water using Rapala Shad Rap’s and Slow Death Hooks with night crawlers.  For walleye fishers the North-East side of Goose Island is the go to place fishing from 5 to 25 feet deep on ledges.  Take a lot of worms because the perch are great bait stealers.  You will also catch some nice smallmouth bass and perch with walleye using the slow death rig with crawler.  Crappie fishing has been the best it has in years for legal 9 inch crappie.  The MarDon Dock in the early morning or just about anywhere you have a brush pile near 9-19 feet of water has been providing good crappie action.  Small plugs work great and you get a lot of bass, bluegill and perch as by catch.

The MarDon Marathon Dock Tournament is the September 13-15.  It should be the fishiest in years!  This is a great time for family fishing fun.  The entrance fee to join the competition is $40 per person and limiting that to 200 fishers.  For information call (509) 346-2651 or go to the events tab on mardonresort.com.  On Sunday September 15 at 11am Dock Tournament Competition ends.  We then move to the potluck and awards ceremony.  After we enjoy the potluck we will hold a raffle of donated items, additionally we will draw winning tickets for the Triploid Trout Raffle.  Triploid Trout will be planted in Corral Lake during late fall this year.  This is a cooperative project with region 2 fish biologist and the Central Washington Fish Advisory Committee ( cwfac.org).

Royal Hunt Club Passes are $300 for a seasonal membership.  Sales are limiting this to 250 seasonal members.  This grants access to 25,000 acres of private property on Royal Slope to hunt pheasants, ducks & geese ( No Guides Allowed).  Also, the boosters buy 500 pheasants to be released at designated sites on 4 consecutive weekends.  The pheasant release begins the weekend after opening weekend for pheasants.  For information please call (509) 346-2651.

The Duck Taxi and Field Hunting outings may be booked anytime thru Meseberg Adventures, to make reservation please call (509) 346-2651.

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Mardon Fishing Report

Mike Ryan, of Seattle,  caught these crappie fishing off the MarDon  Dock

Mike Ryan, of Seattle, caught these crappie fishing off the MarDon Dock

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Low Water Issues in Central and Western Oregon

Oregon’s water levels is a problem not just confined to eastern Oregon. Here are some examples:

Agate Lake is currently at 26 percent of water volume at full pool.

Applegate Lake is currently at 47 percent of water volume at full pool.

Emigrant Reservoir is currently at 34 percent of water volume at full pool.

Howard Prairie Reservoir is currently at 63 percent of water volume at full pool.

Hyatt Lake is currently at 58 percent of water volume st full pool.

Lost Creek Reservoir is currently at 51 percent of water volume at full pool.

 

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Eastern Oregon Water Problems

Many lakes , rivers and reservoirs are currently suffering from unprecedented water problems. With a month left in this year’s irrigation season, here is how many eastern Oregon fishing spots are holding up:

Balm Creek Reservoir – Very low for this time of year.

Beulah Reservoir – Currently 3 percent pf water volume when full.

Chickahominy Reservoir – less than 50 percent of full pool water volume and very warm and turbid.

Duncan Reservoir – Currently 70 percent of full pool water volume.

Gerber Reservoir – Currently 20 percent of full pool water volume.

Malheur Reservoir – Currently 30 percent of full pool water volume.

Owyhee Reservoir – Currently 8 percent of full pool water volume.

Paiute Reservoir – Current water level very low – may dry up this fall.

Phillips Reservoir – Currently 18 percent of full pool water volume

Pole Creek Reservoir – Currently 40 percent of full pool water volume.

Thief Valley Reservoir – The reservoir is receding quickly and expected to drain fully in the near future. Bag and length limits have been removed, effective Aug. 24 – Oct. 31, to allow anglers to salvage fish that would have been otherwise lost.  Harvest methods can include hand, dip net or angling.

Unity Reservoir – Currently 30 percent of full pool water volume.

Warm Springs Reservoir – Currently less than 1 percent of full pool water volume.

Wolf Creek Reservoir – Extremely low water level.

 

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