MarDon Fresh News – June 7, 2019
The current water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1045.40-feet – down about 4.0 inches from last week. The water temps in the sand dunes are in the low-70’s. The water temps on the main Reservoir are in the upper-60’s.
The sand dunes are producing impressive catches of both Largemouth and Smallmouth bass. Fish the sand dunes with ½ oz jigs and craw trailers, Swim Jigs, Chatter Baits, Punch Rigs, Senkos and frogs or Zara Spooks. The top-water bite has been good this week and should continue. There are Smallmouth back in the sand dunes and around the rocks around Goose Island. Fish Booyah finesse jigs, Wacky Rigged Senkos, Crankbaits, Tubes and Swimbaits for the Smallmouth. Anglers have been doing well on Smallmouth on the face of the dam using crankbaits as well.
The walleye are still back in the weeds and sand dunes but are moving a little deeper in the channels and to the face of the dunes. Troll the channels and weed lines with Smile Blades/Slow Death Hooks/2 oz bottom walker and ½ a crawler in 8-15 feet. Troll from .8-1.2 miles per hour. The crankbait bite is producing as well. Troll a #5 Flicker Shad or Rapala Shad Rap.
Trout fishing has been outstanding this past week! Fish in front of Medicare Beach and in front of the State Park both from shore and by boat. Bank fisherman are using Power Bait, worms and marshmallows, a 12-18” leader, and a 1/8-1/4 oz. egg sinker above the swivel. Boat anglers are trolling Wicked Lures Trout Killers, Needlefish spoons, #7 Flicker Shads and Shad Raps. Top Lakes continue to be been the Hamptons and the lakes in the Widgeon – Pillar chain. Top Baits have been Worms and marshmallows, Berkley Power Bait, Rooster Tails, and Berkley Mouse Tails.
The Channel Catfish fishing is picking up on the Potholes Reservoir – a 21 pounder was brought in this past week. Fish around the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway and up the Lind Coulee. Anglers are using Magic Bait and worms for the Channel Cats.