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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 14, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Potholes Reservoir dishing out some fun fishing activities

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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:

With some of the strangest weather lately, the fishing seems to just be getting better and better as the water level of Potholes Reservoir continues to plummet.

As the level is now at 1,039.8 feet above sea level, this is about 6-7 feet low.

People continue to surprise us with some enormous walleye, including a few 10 pound plus monsters here and there. Not only is Crab Creek still the #1 walleye destination, but the Winchester and West Dunes are starting to finally pick up. Trolling a nightcrawler spinner with a “Slow Death” hook has been the hot ticket for walleye so far this year. Although you can catch them trolling Rapala Shad Raps and TimberTiger Plugs if you are not into drowning worms, as a few of those catches have been reported.

The topwater bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass is solid as ever and with the algae bloom starting to make its way out into the main lake from the back of the dunes. This will make the bass fishing even better as the water drops and summer proceeds on its path. With that procession also becomes increased opportunities for rainbow trout, perch and crappie on the outer edges of the dunes and especially off the MarDon Resort Dock.

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. Photo is MarDon employee Alainah holding up a nice Crab Creek Walleye.)

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