Potholes Reservoir / Mardon Resort Fishing Report.

MarDon Fresh News – November 8, 2019
The current water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1035.70 feet – up 1.68 feet from one week ago. The water temp is cooling quickly with the colder temps. The water temp in the sand dunes is at 41 degrees with the main Reservoir running at 48 degrees.
The bass fishing continues to be good. Fish the face of the sand dunes with a ½ oz. football head jig coupled with a hula grub, ½ oz. Blade Baits, Strike King KVD 5XD crankbaits, Tubes and Deep Jerk Baits. Fish from 8 to 25 feet. The Smallmouth bass are being found on the face of the dam and on the rock piles around Goose Island – as well as on the face of the sand dunes. Fish Booyah finesse jigs, Wacky Rigged Senkos, Crankbaits, Tubes and DS Minnows for the Smallmouth.
The walleye fishing continues to be good. Fish the face of the sand dunes in front of the West Arm and Crab Creek, Lind Coulee, and the face of the dam in 10-30 feet of water. This is the time of year to tie on a 1/2oz or Blade Bait or a Whistle Pig with a crawler. Mark fish on the humps in front of the Sand Dunes and vertically jig. Fish are also being caught by trolling a Slow Death Hook and a 2 oz. bottom walker and ½ a crawler in 8-25 feet. Troll from .8-1.2 miles per hour.
For trout – fish Medicare Beach to the Mouth of Crab Creek and in front of the State Park. Troll Gibbs Wee G Spoons, Wicked Lures Trout Killers, Needlefish spoons, #7 Flicker Shads and Shad Raps at 2.5 – 3.0 mph. Use leaded line with 3-colors out or troll with a 2 oz. banana sinker. Set the drag light as the average trout is 2-5 pounds and can break the line on the initial strike.
Crappie and some Bluegill continue to be caught on the face of the dunes and in the mouth of Crab Creek. Troll #5 Flicker Shads to locate schools or use your electronics to find the schools and then anchor up and drop Bobby Garland Baby Shads and Trout Magnets or worms on a slip bobber in 12-30 feet of water.
Duck hunting has been good this week with multiple limits of ducks being reported. Mallards, Teal and Widgeons are in the area with a few new birds coming down. The cooler weather should help.
The MarDon store has a good supply of decoy weights, twine, and shotgun shell for your duck hunting!
Call the MarDon Tackle Store for the latest fishing info at 509-346-2651

Joni Nye with a beautiful Potholes Reservoir rainbow taken by trolling.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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