Potholes Reservoir / Mardon Resort Fishing Report

The current water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1035.86 –dropping just shy of two feet this past 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 Largemouth fishing is very good back in the sand dunes and the stretch between MarDon Resort and the State Park. Now is the time to start fishing square billed crankbaits in the dunes. Top baits include – Strike King 2.50 Square Billed crankbait, Spro Popping Frogs, Wacky Rigged Senkos and Texas Rigged Chigger Caws. Smallmouth are being caught on the rock piles off Goose Island and along the face of the dam as well as around the face of the dunes. Use crankbaits, 3½” 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 as the water drops. Troll #7 or #5 Flicker Shads, Bagleys 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 has been steady 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 is good off the MarDon Resort dock. A fair amount of fish just under the legal size have showed up – so make sure to measure your crappie before keeping them. The crappie limit is 25 fish per person with a 9” minimum size on the Potholes Reservoir. Crappie and bluegill fishing has picked up on the face of the sand dunes. Troll a #5 Flicker Shad or Rapala along the weedlines on the main channels. From a boat or from the dock use a 1” Berkley Gulp Alive Minnow in Black Shad or Luma Glow 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.

A happy angler with a beautiful Rainbow trout caught while fishing the Potholes Reservoir!

Bob Earle of Cour d’Alene with a couple of quality Potholes Reservoir perch.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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