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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 24, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Summer fishing activities heating up at Potholes Reservoir

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

Hot Mid-July weather has warmed up surface water temperatures at Potholes Reservoir to 80 degrees, and the water elevation currently sits at 1,040 feet, roughly 7 feet below full pool.

To me this means two things; enjoyable summer swimming on the sand dunes or the Mardon Resort Beach, and especially topwater bass fishing in the evening after work. Even with the gully washing rain from the recent string of thunderstorms, and the sustained damage to farmers from the harsh weather, Potholes Reservoir continues to drop at a rapid pace seeing a 1-2 foot drop per week now. This rapidly creates more beach area here at the resort, exposes more sand dunes, and ramps up the action for bass fishing!

Rainbow trout continue to provide consistent action on the reservoir. Trolling Rapala Shad Raps, Luhr-Jensen Needlefish, and nightcrawler spinners are clearly the tactics of choice to tackle these hard charging rainbows. This by far is the best rainbow trout season on the lake in recent years, with many fish in the 4-7 pounds being caught by anglers of all skill levels.

The MarDon fish cleaning station has been seeing some jumbo trout, nice walleye, and a few bluegill and crappie from off the Mardon Resort Marina.

Soda Lake continues to produce excellent Walleye fishing this past week, with fish up to 7 pounds being reported. It is frighteningly vacant for such a quality fishing lake!

The MarDon Dock is producing good bluegill and crappie fishing, along with the occasional jumbo trout, bass, or catfish.

Upcoming events:

Aug 25: Lake Poker Run & Beach Party

Sept. 7-9: Skagen.com 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.

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