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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 9, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Early spring fishing action happening at Potholes Reservoir region

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Here is a report from Mike Meseberg, owner of MarDon Resort in the Potholes Reservoir of Eastern Washington: 

Central-Eastern Washington is enjoying the signs of an earlier spring than the last two years.  Ice off was three weeks earlier this year compared to 2012.

This past week bank fishing anglers were reporting quality rainbow trout from the southern shores of Potholes Reservoir.  Six limits of rainbow’s  were also reported from the public access known as Blythe Point Boat Launch.  One lunker trout 28 inches long was reported from these limits.

Frenchman’s Waste-way, where it enters Potholes Reservoir has been producing good trout as well.

Bank fishers at MarDon Resort are having good action on rainbow up to 4lbs fishing from the shore and off the dock.  Canal, Heart, and Windmill Lakes are also producing Trout.

The bank fishing trout ammunition has been Berkley power-bait with a night crawler.  Larger Rainbows are being caught using cocktail shrimp with a power-bait marshmallow or a brand name “Coon-Shrimp” (Larger Bait Shrimp) with Smelly Jelly.

Walleye reports have been limited.  One pair of very good walleye fishers reported using blade baits in 38 feet of water and landing two 10lb walleye, a bur-bot (fresh water ling-cod) and a 1lb 9oz yellow-perch.

Walleye are preparing for the spring spawn.  Surface water temperatures have been reported to 44 degrees.  Walleye spawn at 45 degrees.  Walleye action will only improve with natural spring conditions.  The two areas to focus on at this time are the Lind Coulee and the area between the outlet of Moses Lake and Crab Creek boat launch.

Upcoming Events:

April 6-7:  Washington Bow-fishing Jackpot Tournament

April 20-21:  Potholes Open Bass Tournament

May 4-5:  Spring Walleye Classic Tournament

May 8-10:  TBF District Qualifies

May 18-19: MarDon Open Bass Tournament

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

(Photo courtesy of Mike Meseberg. Pictured is Desert Air resident Russel Brixey who caught a limit of rainbow trout with the largest weighing around 4 pounds while fishing off the shore at MarDon Resort.)

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