Potholes Reservoir / Mardon Resort Recreation Report

The fishing on the Potholes Reservoir continues to be very good with the cooing water temps. The current water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1027.33 feet – rising .13 feet this past week. The water temperature on the main Reservoir is right at 63 degrees. The water level should remain close to this level for the next 3 ½ weeks.
The Largemouth bass bite continues to be strong. Both Largemouth and Smallmouth are along the face of the dunes, and along the face of the dam. Some anglers are finding bigger fish in the 15-20-foot range. Top baits for Largemouth include – the SPRO Rock Crawler crank bait, Wacky Rigged Senkos and Skirted Heart Throb XL’s fished on a 1/2th oz. football head and fishing a drop shot rig. 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 Flicker Shads, 3½” tubes, swimbaits, drop shot baits and Senkos for the Smallmouth.
The walleye bite continued to improve this past week. Fish the humps in front of the sand dunes and around the rocks on Gooses Island. Troll #5 or #7 Flicker Shads and Strike King Walleye Elites and Bonsai Shads or Rapalas along the face of the dunes in 5-15 feet of water and in the same depths around Goose Island. Troll Smile Blade/Slow Death rigs fished behind a 2-ounce bottom walker around the deeper mid-lake humps in the 15-25 foot depth range as well. Use extreme caution boating and fishing between Goose Island and the face of the dam. There are rock hazards that are difficult to see until it is too late!
The trout fishing on the Potholes Reservoir is picking up with the cooler water temperatures. Trout fishers have been catching trout trolling #5 and # 7 Flicker Shads and Shad Raps.
The crappie fishing continues to be great throughout the Reservoir. Big crappies are being caught trolling #5 Flicker Shads and #5 Rapala Shad Raps along the face of the dunes, and jigging VMC Probe jigs and Wingdings. The MarDon Resort dock continues to fish well. Fish Trout Magnets and Gulp Alive Minnows off the dock on a 1/64th oz. jig head. Big bluegills are being caught around the mouth of Crab Creek. A few perch are being caught off the dock and around Goose Island and the mouth of Crab Creek. Fishing from the MarDon Dock is reserved for registered guests only.
Both Channel Catfish and Yellow Bullhead fishing has been very good over the past couple of weeks. We have had several Channel Cats in the 8-15lb. caught off the MarDon Dock during the 14th annual MarDon Resort Marathon Dock Tournament. Anglers have been trolling walleye rigs with crawlers in the dunes, on the face of the dunes and around Goose Island. Bank fishermen have been doing well on Cats in Lind Coulee and at the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway using Magic Bait Catfish Nuggets and Crawlers.
Call the MarDon Store for the latest fishing info and to make reservations at 509-346-2651.

Dave Meseberg of MarDon Resort caught this beautiful Potholes Reservoir walleye trolling a crank bait over mid-lake humps.

Terri Lynn Kassik Snider caught a nice Rainbow Trout while trolling on the Potholes Reservoir with her husband Jim.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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