Mardon Resort / Potholes Reservoir Fishing Report

The current water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1044.13-feet – down 1.27 feet from last week. The water temps in the sand dunes are in the mid to upper 70’s. The water temps on the main Reservoir are in the low to mid 70’s.

The sand dunes continue to produce good 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 remain in the sand dunes and channels throughout the dunes. Fisher the West Arm, Crab Creek and the Lind Coulee in 6-20 feet of water 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.

Trolling for trout has been productive this week – trolling #7 Flicker Shads between 2-3 miles per hour. 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, Mice Tails, 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.
Nice crappie and Bluegill are being caught back in and on the face of the sand dunes and up Crab Creek. Fish Gulp alive minnows, Trout Magnets and #5 Flicker shads around the willows for panfish.

A proud Cam Cox – age 4 – from North Plains, OR caught the biggest Walleye on the boat using his 4 foot kids rod – awesome job Cam!


Pic2: Isabelle Barajas caught her very first fish ever – a 15.13 oz Yellow Perch on the Potholes Reservoir while fishing with her Grandmother – Katie Lang of MarDon Resort!


Call the MarDon Tackle Store for the latest fishing info at 509-346-2651.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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