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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Fishing in Potholes Reservoir area heating up along with the weather


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

The water on Potholes Reservoir has come alive.

Our surface water temperatures have begun to eclipse the 70 degree mark.  Shore fishers have been commenting on seeing vast numbers of both small mouth bass and largemouth bass cruising the shoreline to locate their spawning areas to prepare for their annual spring detail.

The water under the MarDon Fishing Dock is visibly filled with several age classes of Yellow Perch, it looks like an aquarium.

Serious bass anglers competing in the The Bass Federation Northwest Qualifier are weighing in largemouth and small mouth bass over 6 lbs.  The comment that makes me so happy is how many bass federation fishers never having fished Potholes Reservoir are not only catching the largest smallmouth bass but they are also witnessing vast schools of crappie, bluegill, and perch throughout the 18,000 square acre sand dune area.


Our warm water fishing on Potholes Reservoir is showing increased populations.

The 2013 Rod Meseberg Spring Walleye Classic was 9 teams less than the 2012 tournament. Total earnings paid out for the tourney of 58 boats was $16,200.00.  295 fish were caught for an average weight of 2.34 lbs.

Contestants weighed 36 more walleye at the scales compared to the 2012 tournament.  These fish weighed an average of 12 ounces more than last year’s average fish weight.

Each year Spokane Resident, Don Ghramm is the first team to register.  Don and his fishing partner Brett McKern won the 2013 Spring Walleye Classic with a total 2 day weight of 30.74 lbs.  Congratulations to Don and Brett!!

Upcoming MarDon Events:

May 18-19: MarDon Open Bass Tournament

May 24-27: Memorial Day Weekend

June 8-9: WA State Free Fishing Weekend

June 15-16: 2013 WA Bowfishing Championship

July 5: Golf Cart Parade & Fireworks at Dusk

August 24: Lake Poker Run and Beach Party

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

(Photo courtesy of MarDon Resort. Pictured is Moses Lake resident’s Bill and Wayne Conley, earned fourth place with a total weight of 27.88 pounds; and Travis Hobbs from Wenatchee shows a jumbo perch caught off the MarDon Dock.)





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