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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Potholes Reservoir in Eastern Washington comes alive with a nice mix of warmwater fish

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Here is a report from bass angler Nick Barr, who is the summer intern at MarDon Resort on the Potholes Reservoir. Barr is a19 year old, a Bass Fishing Guide, and a Marketing Student at Eastern Washington University:

The Mariners are winning, the walleye are biting and Spokane finally hit above 80 degrees. Summer has officially begun.

Fishing pressure so far for the 2011 season has been down at the Potholes Recreation Area.

Our fishing will only improve as the water level gets lower and surface temperature warms on Potholes Reservoir. With the high water we’ve been having on the reservoir, almost all the spawn has finished.

Luckily most of the spawn has taken place before our recent, and rapid water level drop, which would have left a lot of spawning beds high and dry. At this time clouds of new fish are being reported all over Potholes. As we lose the recent full moon our hot walleye action can only improve.

Largemouth deep in the shallow waters of the west arm of the sand dunes have been repeatedly over 5 pounds. Crab Creek has been our best walleye area.

Fishermen are reporting water temperatures as high as 73 degrees. That means it is Topwater time!! Buzzbaits, stickbaits, and the Spro Popper Frog, the state renowned topwater fishing has begun.

The dawn and dusk smallmouth bite has been tremendous with fish in the 5lb. range being reported. The water elevation is 1043.60 feet, which is only about 2 1/2 feet low.

The Sammie Bash Golf Tournament will be held the Saturday, July 9. For information call (800) 416-2736 or (509) 346-2651 or email us at Info@MarDonResort.com the application is also available on our website.

The tournament is a fundraiser for the Potholes Underwater Habitat Enhancement Project being overseen by the Central WA Fish Advisory Committee.

The CWFAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the Potholes fishery.

Our next fundraiser after the Sammie Bash Tournament is our annual Beach Party Poker Run held on August 27th, 2011. Join us for a great time at the Poker Run, its great fun in the sun and it helps buy much needed supplies to build habitat boxes to provide sanctuary to fish for generations to come.

(Photo courtesy of guide Nick Barr of MarDon Resort, with a nice 5 pound Potholes Largemouth caught on a Rapala Crankbait.)

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