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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 7, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Potholes Reservoir and surrounding lakes warm up to fishing activities


Here is the latest Potholes Reservoir fishing report from Nick Barr at MarDon Resort:

Early July conditions resemble Late May status in the “Old Days”. With the recent weather there has been less demand for irrigation water, but with the hot weather of the past few days and oncoming weeks the reservoir is starting to drop quickly. Our water level is 1042.55 which is still very high water for this time of year, only 4 ½ ft. below full pool. The recent 4th of July celebration was a blast thanks to the “All Resorts” Golf Cart Parade & the on-the-water fireworks display courtesy of MarDon residents.

Our Rainbow Trout fishing has been absolutely phenomenal with many 20+ inch Trout being taken that resemble footballs they are so fat. Anglers are saying that the trout fishing, when using light set ups is reminiscent of fishing for Salmon. Trolling plugs along the sand dunes, Frenchman’s Wasteway and Medicare Beach for the jumbo trout have been very popular. 2-4lb. Rainbows are becomingcommon and monster 6-7Lb. Rainbows showing up here & there. During a family outing, MarDon campers hauled in 52 pounds of Rainbow Trout on only 13 fish!

Most Walleye anglers are still struggling with the high water situation which has fostered amazing weed growth as large weed mats are strung throughout the dunes. The bass anglers continue to enjoy quality action for both Largemouth in the dunes and Smallmouth bass in the rocky reaches of the reservoir. The fishing off the MarDon Resort dock is picking up for bass & trout with a Largemouth reaching 6lbs and numerous Smallmouth reported.

The more than 50 seep lakes below O’Sullivan Dam hold some excellent untouched fishing. Warden Lake continues to be on a strong power bait bite for trout for the shore angler.

Hutchinson and Shiner lakes are producing Perch, Bluegill and Largemouth Bass. These two lakes are on the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. (No gas motors allowed) Largemouth up to 8lbs. 4oz. have been reported from Hutchinson this year.

The Potholes canal system, Soda, Long, and Crescent Lakes have been kicking out Rainbow Trout to 6lbs, quality Smallmouth to 4lbs. and big Largemouth at 6lbs in 2012. The fishing pressure on these lakes is very low.

When Potholes Reservoir drops another three feet more the Sand Dunes will be readily available for camping, and beaver huts will appear with plenty of bass &panfish action with spinnerbaits, Senkos and topwater. The Channels will be much more defined to be able to locate the Walleye. Trolling bait fish imitations like the Rapala Shad Raps, Luhr-Jensen Baby Hot Lips, and Warden DC13’sas well as spinners &nightcrawlers, all available at the MarDon store.

I really enjoyed speaking to our local farmer about the weather. Because the resort business is just like farming, it’s completely reliant on positive weather. My most accurate weather predicting farmer told me that in 2012, what I call summer will hit Central-Eastern Washington in mid-July and last through September.

Upcoming events:

July 21: Sammie Bash Golf Tournament

Aug 25: Lake Poker Run & Beach Party

Sept. 7-9: Jet Boat Rally

Sept. 14-16: Dock Tourney & Pie Social

For details, call MarDon Resort at 800-416-2736 or visit the MarDon Resort website.

(Photo courtesy of MarDon Resort. Pictured is the Westmoreland family from Marysville who struggle to hold up one morning’s catch of 13 jumbo rainbow trout totaling 52 pounds! All caught on Rapala Shad Raps.)



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