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August 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Latest Potholes Reservoir fishing report shows a nice mix of fish to catch


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

Now the water level on Potholes Reservoir is just right for anglers and watersports enthusiasts at 1,035.7 feet, or 10 feet below full pool. The water temperatures in the “Sand Dunes” are reaching above the 80F mark and the topwater bass fishing is on! Get your topwater ready for some dog days of summer fishing! Frogs and Buzzbaits are working in the Sand Dunes and Floating Rapala’s are working wonders along the face of the dam with a 50 Smallmouth day easily possible.

Smallmouths pushing 5lbs. are available along the dam and the rockpiles adjacent to them. WDFW Biologists recommend catching and keeping shorter Smallmouth Bass from Potholes Reservoir. Each angler may take 10 Smallmouth Bass with only one over 14″.

Trout fishing here on Potholes Reservoir has been the best in years, both in size of fish and the numbers. Trolling diving plugs such as the Luhr-Jensen Baby Hot Lips, Warden DC13 and Rapala Shad Raps around the State Park area have been producing great fishing outings. We are seeing rainbows in the 3-6 lb. range as commonplace, and they are not your Daddy’s Trout, they are definitely hard fighters like their cousins the Steelhead. You can focus on the 20-40 foot depth zone and troll from 1.5-3 mph to catch these hard charging Rainbows.

The MarDon Resort Fishing Dock is full of young of the year fish including Perch, Bluegill, Bullheads, Smallmouth & Largemouth Bass, Trout and a few Crappie even as well! Fishing for the general public not staying at the resort is available and its only $7 for adults and $4 for Children & Seniors, under 12 years old must wear a life jacket. Hours are from 6:30am to 8pm.

Dove season begins Sept. 1st and Royal Slope has amazing amounts of Doves. It is a great primer for your eyes and shooting skills for the upcoming waterfowl season and will give your dog a good workout. The season runs from Sept. 1st to Sept. 30th and the Royal City Schools Boosters are selling access passes for prime hunting land and opportunities. Contact MarDon Resort at (509) 346-2651 to buy passes.

Upcoming events:

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 Mike and Don Marsh from Orting with some fine Potholes Reservoir trout caught on Luhr-Jensen Hot Lips by the State Park.)



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