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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 17, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Fishing and wildlife watching blooming ahead of spring in Potholes Reservoir area

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Here is the latest report from Mike Meseberg, owner of MarDon Resort at the Potholes Reservoir in Eastern Washington:

BIRD WATCHING

Vast numbers of waterfowl have been seen in the Potholes Recreation Area and the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. We enjoyed one group of about 35 pintails and Canadian Geese have been witnessed all over the Royal Slope, Warden and especially Moses Lake.

We have also heard and seen the beginning of the majestic Sandhill Cranes migrating to our area for their springtime visit.

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival is March 23-25. For information on this three-day event, call 1-866-SANDHILL or visit the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival wesbite.

POTHOLES CANAL

The canal now has water running through it. Spring is coming early to the Columbia Basin this year.

UPPER GOOSE LAKE

Cabin fever symptoms are being repaired at Upper Goose Lake.

Upper Goose is one of the seep lakes below O’Sullivan Dam and is producing some nice walleye and a few trout as well.

Unfortunately vehicle access is NOT allowed to this lake between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. So now would be a good time to enjoy this beautiful 110 acre lake. As it is surrounded by basalt cliffs the lake offers a natural windbreak from our spring winds.

The launch is a series of concrete planks and is in rough shape. Four-wheel drive is recommended but not necessary. Gas motors are allowed. This lake also has some lunker bass, largemouth and smallmouth. In addition, it is a good spot to pick up the 7-9 inch perch.

MARDON MARINA

The Fishing Dock is still producing some very nice walleye.

(Photo courtesy of MarDon Resort. Pictured is Marian and Neal Carza of Federal Way used powerbait bank fishing with a Barbie Fishing Pole, and two nice rainbow trout up to 6 pounds.)

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