Here is the latest Potholes Reservoir fishing report from Nick Barr at MarDon Resort:
As we approach the last weekend in July the water level on Potholes Reservoir remains amazingly HIGH!! This ensures our future fishing with tons of baitfish and fry swimming around in the sand dunes and the massive vegetation growth on Potholes Reservoir. Anglers and water sports enthusiasts are finding 75-80F degree water temperatures and a 1,038.8 water elevation, roughly 8 feet low. Many primary channels in the dunes still have 4-10 ft. of water in them. Remember to always use extreme caution when boating in the sand dunes on Potholes Reservoir. Many more sand dunes are completely out of the water and ready for a day in the sand and sun enjoying the water.
The MarDon Resort dock is behind schedule however some Bluegill, Crappie, and Perch have been getting caught with the occasional jumbo Bass or Trout. As usual O’Sullivan Dam is putting out tons of small Smallmouth Bass. Deep trolling at Medicare Beach and the mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway has been producing Rainbow Trout to 4lbs. this week. Trolling Luhr-Jensen Needlefish and Rapala Shad Raps around the 20-40Ft. range have been the hot ticket.
This past weekend the American Bass Tournament was held on the lake bringing 33 boats the first day and 21 boats the second day.
The top five results for each day are as follows; Day one was won with 19.43lbs. by Jordan Doucet & Chad Eidson. 2nd Place Paul & Gene Schmitz 18.82lbs., 3rd Place Don Hogue & Ryan Brown 17.21lbs., 4th Place Jeff Grimes & Johnny Williams 16.59lbs., 5th Place Nick Barr & Mike Goodwin 15.35lbs.
Day Two winners were Don Hogue & Ryan Brown bringing in a 19.08lb. bag of Largemouth. 2nd place was filled by Clint & Jake Johansen with18.35lbs., 3rd Place Levi & Mike Meseberg 17.02lbs, 4th Place Ron Hobbs Jr. & Mike Wolsky 17.01 lbs., 5th Place Mark &Walker Dawson 15.41 lbs. There are many patterns to catching the bass, with no anglers reporting any bait working better than another.
Hampton Lake in the Seep Lakes area has been vacant for three weeks; take a float tube or a small boat to the beautiful Columbia Wildlife Refuge below O’Sullivan Dam to fish untouched lakes for species ranging from Rainbow trout, Perch, Walleye, to Largemouth Bass. Fish in the morning till about 10am to avoid too much Vitamin D, then enjoy a nice lunch with Lisa & Rusty Johnson at The Beach House at Mardon. Come out and play before the summer is gone!
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.