Potholes Reservoir / Mardon Resort Fishing Report

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Congratulations to Keegan Anderson and JR Clark for a 1st Place finish in the Limit Out Performance Marine Shoot Out Tournament!

ent water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1037.6 – 1.6 feet lower than this time last week. The water temperature on the main Reservoir is just above 70 degrees and in the mid 70’s back in the sand dunes.
The Potholes Reservoir continues to produce excellent largemouth bass fishing as was seen at this past weekend’s Limit Out Performance Marine’s Shootout Tournament. Congratulations to Keegan Anderson and JR Clark for taking 1st Place with a five fish weight of 22.74 pounds and the big fish of the tournament weighing 6.89 pounds! They took home $5,000 for their effort! The Largemouth fishing continues to be very good back in the sand dunes and the stretch between MarDon Resort and the State Park. Top baits include – Spro Popping Frogs, Wacky Rigged Senkos and square bill crankbaits and Texas Rigged Chigger Caws. Smallmouth are being caught on the rock piles off Goose Island and along the face of the dam. Use crankbaits, 3 ½” tubes, and Senkos for the Smallmouth.
The walleye fishing slowed a bit this past week, but with the heat and rapid dropping of the water level, it should be picking up quickly. As the water drops and temperatures rise, the walleye will move out of the weeds and into the channels and to the face of the dunes. The crankbait bite will turn on. Concentrate on the main channels and face of the dunes the water drops. Troll #7 Flicker Shads and Rapalas, slow troll Slow Death rigs with Smile Blades and Butterfly Blade rigs as well as traditional spinner/crawler harnesses.
The trout fishing on the Potholes Reservoir continues to be very good this past week. Anglers have been catching big trout trolling #5 and # 7 Flicker Shads and Shad Raps and Mack’s Wedding Ring Rigs with a worm and bottom bouncer in 10-20 feet of water. Concentrate in front of the State Park and along the face of the dunes.
The crappie fishing continues to be very good off the MarDon Resort dock. The Crappie limit is 25 fish per person with a 9” minimum size on the Potholes Reservoir. Reports of crappie being caught back in the dunes are coming in as well. Use a 1” Berkley Gulp Minnow in Black Shad, Emerald Shiner on a 1/80th -1/32nd ounce jig head or fish the Strike King Lightning Shad in the Electric Chicken color, as well as Trout Magnets. A few perch are being caught off the dock and around Goose Island.
Only registered guests of MarDon Resort allowed to fish off the dock.
Call the MarDon Store for the latest fishing info and to make reservations at 509-346-2651.
Upcoming Events
July 14, 7:00pm – Live Music – Paul Sweeny
July 14-15 Northwest Bass Tournament

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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