The current water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1039.90 feet – rising 1.14 feet over the past two weeks. The water level has come up 13.19 feet since low pool on September 14, 2018. The water temperature on the Reservoir is in the low 40s. The Potholes Reservoir is ice free at this point but with the colder weather on the way the dunes may ice up within the next several weeks.
Blade bait and jigs are your best bet for walleye this time of year. Vertically jig blade baits or a fish a ½ oz. 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. Fish the face of the dam with 5” swim baits for both walleye and Smallmouth bass.
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.
We have had a decent push of Northerns move into the area over the past week with several limits of Mallards coming in. The goose hunting continues to be outstanding. A group of 12 hunters got their 48-goose limit by 10:00. We still have Duck Taxi trips and several guided goose hunts available. Call the MarDon tackle store for available dates.
Call the MarDon Store for the latest fishing and hunting info and to make reservations at 509-346-2651.