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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 3, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Potholes Reservoir remains productive for a wide range of fish to catch

Early August temperatures have been in the low to mid 90’s range. This additional heat has lit up the topwater bass bite all across the Potholes Recreation Area.

Floating Rapalas, Rebel Pop-R’s, buzzbaits, and floating frogs are all on the menu; especially the Spro Popper Frog. Bass Guide Nick Barr reports, “Twitch and pop these baits across the surface along any brush or weed mat along the deep side of a dune and get ready for some explosive strikes.”

The water temperatures rising into the high 70’s and topping out around 80 degrees have these bass on the prowl. The Walleye fishing has still been producing, but with the current water level and location of the bait, they are roaming all over Potholes Reservoir.

“Those Walleye are biting from 6 feet to 45 feet of water, from trolling Rapala Shad Raps to dragging worms” Walleye Guide Shelby Ross explains.

Try trolling along the outer face of the dunes, or around the rock piles along the dam for some great multi-species action. Jumbo Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye have all been biting in the same areas as they all gorge on the abundant yellow perch.

While either Bass or Walleye fishing you may run into people camping and swimming out on the sand dunes.

With the heat and warm water temperatures, it is the perfect time to get out and have your Eastern Washington beach swimming adventure. The water level on Potholes remains higher than 2010 levels, at a current elevation of 1,036.25 feet above sea level.

With the increase in irrigation and hot weather, the reservoir is dropping roughly a foot a week. This late high water has allowed the spawn to complete again in 2011 to provide awesome perch, crappie, and bluegill for people to catch, and provides our amazing bass and walleye population a solid food base throughout the year.

Those same Perch, Crappie, and Bluegill are beginning to show up in numbers around the MarDon Resort marina, so look forward to some great fishing off our dock within the next few weeks!

When the lake drains to its lowest water levels, the Potholes Reservoir Underwater Habitat Project is absolutely necessary to allow new, young-of-the-year fish a sanctuary to live and grow. It ensures fish populations for years to come, so many generations from now can enjoy the Potholes fishery. To learn more about our grass roots, handmade HABITAT PROJECT, please visit CWFAC website.

MarDon Resort is proud to announce our first ever “Share With Your Friends” Contest on our Facebook page! Share MarDon Resort with all of your Facebook Friends and tell them to “Like” our page. The person who refers the most friends by the Aug. 15 end date wins 2 FREE Nights in one of our great Cottages, a fully guided fishing trip with Bass Guide Nick Barr ( and a great tackle pack from Rapala Lures. It’s easy, and you can win over $1,000 in prizes!

Our next upcoming event is the annual Beach Party Poker Run on Aug. 27, on Potholes Reservoir. Take your boat or jet-ski out to each of the dune islands to play challenging games and win the best hands to win cash and some great prizes! If you don’t have a boat, you can even play on land at the resort. This is an ALL DAY PARTY event with a special beach party closing with music, food, dancing, and more! Come join us for one of the best MarDon parties of the year! Please call us at (509) 346-2651 or check us out at MarDon Resort wesbite, even “Like” us on Facebook!

The New Beach Bar & Grill is under NEW OWNERSHIP! We welcome Dan Renn and Denise as the new owner and managers of the bar & grill here at MarDon Resort. Look forward to some great changes, upcoming new specials, and an exciting atmosphere for your dining experience.

Lastly, our storekeeper Rob has some great lab pups for sale. These dogs are from an amazing line of smart, intelligent hunting labs. This is your chance to find that next hunting companion. Call Steve or Debbie at 360-710-4749. The pups will be ready Aug. 22.

(Photo courtesy of MarDon Resort. Mike and Rosalind Reicher of Purple Haze Lavender Farms in Sequim hold up a nice 10 pound walleye.)



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