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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 18, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Fishing action heating up along with the weather at the Potholes Reservoir

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

Summer is staying great out here in the Potholes Recreation Area & MarDon Resort. With the sunny days and low water now is the perfect time to make a trip out to Potholes Reservoir.

The water level is currently at 1,033.6 feet putting the lake about 13 feet below full pool, exposing many sand beach dunes and channels for watersports!

The fishing is improving across the reservoir as the water level is consistently dropping. Bass, Walleye and Trout have been consistent lately with the Trout fishing being the diamond in the rough this year, with excellent Rainbow fishing across the reservoir but especially out in front of the State Park area and Medicare Beach.

Find 20-30 feet of water and troll a Rapala Shad Rap or Luhr-Jensen Hot Lips Crankbait and hold on! Topwater lures are consistent action for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.

Spiny ray fishing off the MarDon Resort dock is gaining speed with limits in abundance this past week! Anglers are catching abundant Perch, Bluegill and a few legal 9-inch Crappie daily using small jigs tipped with nightcrawlers.

Catfishing is picking up at nighttime and Bass and Rainbows are also being caught if targeted. The best way to target the monster Catfish around the MarDon docks is to run a nightcrawler ball on the bottom. The fishing is good and only getting better at the summer goes on!

For the public, not staying at the resort, it is $7 for a dock fishing pass and $4 for Seniors and Children.

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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