Potholes Reservoir / Mardon Resort Recreation Report.

The current water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1038.76 feet – rising 1.40 feet over the past two weeks. The water level has come up 12.05 feet since low pool on September 14, 2018. The water temperature on the Reservoir has dropped to the upper 30s – low 40s over the past week. There is no ice as of today – but with the colder forecast it won’t take much to put ice in the dunes.
Very few anglers on the water this week. Blade bait and jigs are your best bet for walleye this time of year. Vertically jig blade baits or a jig head with a 4 or 5” curl tail grub in 25-50 feet of water. Fish the deeper humps on the face of the dunces and the rocks around Goose Island.
A few bass are being caught on the humps in front of the dunes and along the face of the dam. Hula grubs, Drop Shot rigs, Blade Baits and swim baits in 20 – 30 feet are catching both Largemouth and Smallmouth bass. Fish habitat boxes and along the face of the dam. For Smallmouth – fish the face of the dam and the rocks around Goose Island.
Trout anglers are concentrating on the Medicare beach area either trolling wedding ring rigs with a worm or Needlefish. From shore – fish Power Bait or a marshmallow/egg combination.
Duck hunting has improved this week as the cooler weather has brought more birds in. There are big numbers of geese in the area including Honkers, Lessers and Snow Geese.
Call the MarDon Store for the latest fishing and hunting info and to make reservations at 509-346-2651.

Kip Burns and party with nice bunch of Potholes Reservoir ducks!

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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