Mardon Resort / Potholes Reservoir Fishing Report.

The current water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1039.66 feet – down 1.08 feet from last week and down just over six feet from the high water mark this year. The water temps in the sand dunes are in the mid – 70’s to upper 70’s. The water temps on the main Reservoir are in mid to upper-70 as well.
The sand dunes continue to be very good for Largemouth bass! Results of the Limit Out Performance Marine Potholes Shootout tournament show that the Potholes Reservoir is extremely healthy. Congratulations to Levi and Mason Meseberg for making the Top Ten cut on Day 1 and winning it on Day Two. The father son team caught weighed over 18 pounds each day to take first place. Fish the sand dunes with ½ oz jigs and craw trailers, Swim Jigs, Senkos and frogs. The Smallmouth have moved out of the dunes and anglers are finding them on the face of the dam and on the rock piles around Goose Island. Fish Booyah finesse jigs, Wacky Rigged Senkos, Crankbaits, Tubes and DS Minnows for the Smallmouth.
The walleye fishing has been spotty and tough this week. The walleye have spread out and are still in and around the weed beds. Keep at least one rod as close to the weeds as you can – even if it means cleaning weeds off here and there. Fish 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 picking up as the water is dropping over a foot per week. 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.
The trout fishing has been fair this week. 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 2.0-3.0 mph. Set the drag fairly light as the average trout is 2-5 pounds and can break the line on the initial strike.
The Channel Cat and Bullhead fishing is heating up with the warm water temps! Fish the sand dunes with Catfish Magic Bait, Berkley Catfish Nuggets, and worms on the bottom. Fish in up Lind Coulee, the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway and in the sand dunes for Channel Cats and Bullhead.
Crappie and Bluegill are fishing is picking up back in the sand dunes and up in Lind Coulee. Fish Gulp alive minnows, Trout Magnets, #5 Flicker Shads and Bobby Garland Baby Shads around the willows for panfish.
Call the MarDon Tackle Store for the latest fishing info at 509-346-2651.

Mason Meseberg and Russ Baker show four of five of Levi and Mason Meseberg’s winning fish – Mason landed a 5.04 Largemouth as part of their winning Day 2 weight of 18.42 pounds – awesome job!

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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