Mardon Resort / Potholes Reservoir.

The current water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1032.01 feet – down 1.33 feet from one week ago. The Reservoir is 2.91 feet higher than it was this day last year. The water temps in the sand dunes and on the main Reservoir are in the upper 70s to low 80s.
The bass fishing is outstanding! With the water level up almost three feet higher to the day compared to last year – bass anglers have the opportunity to fish spots back in the sand dunes that would not be accessible in a normal year. That said – the water is dropping – pulling baitfish and the bass to the face of the dunes and onto the habitat boxes and humps. This combination offers excellent bass fishing opportunities across a lot of real estate. Fish the sand dunes and Crab Creek with 3/8th oz. swim jigs, Senkos, Strike King KVD 2.5 Square Bill crankbaits, and SPRO frogs. As the water continues to drop – the outer dunes and the face of the dunes will continue to improve. Reports of bigger bass are coming in – being caught on the face of the sand dunes in 15-25 feet of water. The Smallmouth bass are being found on the face of the dam and on the rock piles around Goose Island – as well as in the sand dunes. Fish Booyah finesse jigs, Wacky Rigged Senkos, Crankbaits, Tubes and DS Minnows for the Smallmouth.
The walleye fishing is slowly improving as the water drops. Like the bass fishing – as the water drops – both baitfish and the walleye will move out of the dunes to the face and onto the humps. This provides walleye anglers with a better opportunity to connect and a more weed-free path to troll crankbaits. Fish the West Arm and Crab Creek in 6-20 feet of water. Troll the channels and weed lines in the sand dunes with a Slow Death Hook and a 2 oz. bottom walker and ½ a crawler in 8-15 feet. Troll from .8-1.2 miles per hour. Troll a #5 Flicker Shad or Rapala Shad Rap in the channels and next to the weed beds at 1.5 – 2.5 miles per hour. If the fish are not there – move to the face of the sand dunes using the same techniques.
No reports on trout fishing this week. If you do want to catch some nice Rainbows your best bet would be to fish in front of Medicare Beach to the Mouth of Crab Creek and in front of the State Park. Troll Wicked Lures Trout Killers, Needlefish spoons, #7 Flicker Shads and Shad Raps at 2.5 -3.0 mph. Set the drag light as the average trout is 2-5 pounds and can break the line on the initial strike.
The Channel Cat and Bullhead fishing remains to be extremely productive this week. Use Catfish Magic Bait, Berkley Catfish Nuggets, and worms on the bottom for both. Fish up Lind Coulee, the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway and in the sand dunes for Channel Cats and Bullhead.
Big Bluegill and big crappie are being caught on the face of the dunes and in the mouth of Crab Creek. Several reports of good crappie fishing in Lind Coulee have come in as well. Troll #5 Flicker Shads or locate schools, or use your electronics to find the schools and drop Bobby Garland Baby Shads and Trout Magnets to the fish. Perch are being caught in the mouth of Crab Creek and on the humps in front of the exposed dunes.
Call the MarDon Tackle Store for the latest fishing info at 509-346-2651.
Upcoming Events:
August 24th – Lake Poker Run – All day event – challenging game competition with payout. Food will be provided for the event. Call MarDon Resort for sign- up information.
August 31-Sept 2 – Labor Day Weekend

Annual guest of MarDon Resort – Collin Posner and family from Gold Bar caught a mixed bag this weekend of catfish, perch and this big 29” walleye weighing 9.0 pounds caught trolling a #5 Perch Rapala!<bJackson Purcell of Moses Lake with a 10” Bluegill caught on the Potholes Reservoir – lots of big Bluegill out there this year!

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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