Mardon Resort / Potholes Reservoir Fishing Report.

Fall-fishing has begun on the Potholes Reservoir! The fishing has been good all species. Now is the time to get a mixed bag from perch, crappie and bluegill to walleye, bass and catfish. The Potholes Reservoir water level is currently at 1030.10 and slowly rising. The Reservoir level will continue to rise at different rates as the weather changes through the first part of fall. As the water rises, the rock piles around Goose Island become less visible – be careful navigating around the dunes and Goose Island. The water temps on the main lake and back in the dunes are in the low-60’s in the morning warming to the upper 60’s by evening.
The walleye fishing has been good this past week. Limits are being reported with an average of 4-8 walleye per boat each morning. The walleye have moved deeper – off mid-lake humps in 20-30 feet of water. At this depth it is tough to effectively fish crankbaits – so anglers have switched back to Slow Death hooks both with and without a Smile Blade and half a crawler. Troll at 0.7-1.0mph using a 1-2 oz. bottom walker.
Crappie, perch and bluegill fishing has picked up on the main Reservoir. Find the mid-lake humps and fish the tops and sides of them in 13-20 feet of water. Fish a 1-1/2”-2.0” Gulp Minnow on a 1/32nd or 1/16th oz. jig head – or drop worms for them. Jumbo perch have been showing around Goose Island more quality than quantity. The MarDon Dock is fishing very good for keeper crappie. Dock fishing is only available to registered guests staying at MarDon Resort.
The Largemouth bass fishing is still going strong and the Smallmouth fishing has picked up. For Largemouth fish the face of the dunes and the tops of the mid-lake humps with football heads and hula grubs, crankbaits, and Senkos. The smallmouth are taking the same baits adding tubes to that list. For Smallmouth fish around Goose Island in 5-15 feet of water as well as the face of the dam.

Chunky Smallmouth bass caught off the MarDon Resort dock!

Big crappie caught out on the face of the dunes – one of 22 – all between 12 and 14″ inches!

Nice limit of walleyes caught by a client of Ross Outdoor Adventures!

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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