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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 14, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Potholes Reservoir shifting into fall fishing action for trout, bass and walleye


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

The Potholes Recreation Area has just started to witness the early signs of the ominous approach of fall.

Nighttime temperatures have been repeatedly near 40f degrees. As the lake continues to drop & cool, it currently sits at 1,028.2 ft. & 18 feet below full pool.

With the seasonal cooling, warmwater fish are triggered to feed in preparation for the long winter. Surface water temperatures have been reported as low as 61F lately. Two weeks ago we were hitting 100F days catching Bass on topwater lures in 80f water. The fall bite for Bass & Walleye has just barely begun.

Trout continue to provide excellent action for trollers and bank fishermen. Dan Estes of Olympia used his favorite lure called a “Canadian Wonder” trolling Medicare Beach for another monster limit of Rainbow Trout coming out of Potholes Reservoir. At the MarDon store we have plenty of #3 NeedleFish for trolling action.

This year our Walleye action has been very tough due to the high water and thousands of acres of new vegetation growth. As of late August those sanctuaries are high and dry. With our cooler fall water temperature late September and early October will provide better fishing across the board, and especially Walleye! John & Robin Stears of Redmond enjoyed landing big Walleye & Perch just the other day on Rapala Shad Raps.

Dove, Upland, & Waterfowl hunting passes are available at MarDon Resort through the Royal Youth Boosters. The passes are $150 only for Dove or $300 for all species combined. Call the resort at (509) 346-2651 or visit the booster’s new website

The weekend of September 15th & 16th is an exciting fishing weekend at with the MarDon Resort Dock Fishing tournament and the Old Farts & Family Tournament taking place! The Dock tournament is open to all and is for all different species. The Old Farts & Family is a bass fishing event where only 1 person on the team has to be over 40 years old. Everyone is invited out to enjoy some family friendly competition on the water and support the Potholes Reservoir Habitat Project! Call the resort at (509) 346-2651 for registration and more information.

If you want world class Buck & Duck hunting, look no further than the Potholes Recreation Area and the Meseberg Duck Taxi Service. Visit for more information.

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

(Photo courtesy of Potholes Reservoir. Pictured is John and Robin Stearns of Redmond with a nice walleye outing with Shelby Ross using Rapala Shad Raps.)



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