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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Potholes Reservoir offers wide range of fish to catch

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Here is the latest fishing report from the MarDon Resort at the Potholes Reservoir in Eastern Washington by Mike Meseberg and Nick Barr:

Fishing here on the reservoir has been great, with hot walleye action in Crab Creek. Trolling a nightcrawler harness and Rapala Shad Raps in depths around 20 feet has been the ticket. The bass and bluegill bite has been getting increasingly better as the water level continues to drop about two inches a day.

Many of the bass, bluegill, and crappie are beginning to flow out of the backwater bays and out into the main channels as the water elevation is now at 1,041.25 feet above sea level. Fishing topwater frogs in the wasteway areas has been producing many exciting topwater strikes from largemouth bass.

The fishing off the MarDon Dock has been heating up with young kids reeling in some big catches over the holiday weekend, with some bass reaching five pounds and pan sized crappie. The fishing off the dock will continue to heat up as the water level rapidly drops through the summer.

The Sammie Bash Golf Tournament will be held July 7-9. 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 Aug. 27. 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.

For more information call 509-346-2651 or go to the MarDon Resort on Potholes Reservoir website.

(Photo courtesy of MarDon Resort, and pictured is Michelle Studer of Kittitas with a lunker Crab Creek walleye.)

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