Mardon Resort / Potholes Reservoir Fishing Report

MarDon Fresh News – May 31, 2019
The current water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1045.70-feet – up 3.6 inches from last week. The water temps are heating up – 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 bass have about finished up their spawning activity. 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.
Walleye fishing was a little spotty this week due to the storm we had come through on Memorial Day. It is improving as the weather warms and stabilizes. The fish 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 are being caught off 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. Trout fishing in the Seep Lake has been very good this past week. Top Lakes continue to be been the Hamptons and Cattail Lake. Top Baits have been Worms and marshmallows, Berkley Power Bait, Rooster Tails, and Berkley Mouse Tails.
Soda and Long Lake are producing decent catches of crappie and bluegill.
The crappie and bluegill are showing up at the MarDon Resort dock. Several good catches of 10-12-inch crappies are coming in. Fish trout Magnets, flies, VMC Wingding jigs and Berkley Gulp Alive Minnows on a 1/32 oz. jig head. Only registered guests of MarDon Resort are permitted to fish off the dock. By boat, head back in the dunes towards the Job Corps dike and fish the willows or up Lind Coulee by M Road for bluegill and crappie using the same baits mentioned above.
The fishing is improving daily – call the MarDon Tackle Store for the latest fishing info at 509-346-2651.
Upcoming Events:
June 1-2 – Limit Out Marine Big Bass Tournament
June 1-2 Hero’s Salute Weekend Special – All Police, Fire and Military stay the first night at regular price and get the second night FREE!

Amos Trent of MarDon Resort with a nice batch of Potholes Reservoir Walleye!

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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