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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Potholes Reservoir teeming with fish to catch


(Photo by MarDon Resort. Pictured is Devon Gonzalez of Moses Lake with some nice crappie caught off the MarDon Dock.)

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

Cooling weather this past week has erupted into fine Trout Action.  The mouth of Frenchman’s Wasteway near Potholes State Park and Medicare Beach would be your best bet to catch some Trout.  Trolling Needle Fish or Rapala Shad Raps has produced rainbow from 2 lbs to 4 lbs with some 5 and 6 lb trout.

Bass fishing has been tough this past week as our surface temperatures have dropped from the low 70’s  to now right around the 65 degree range.  With warmer weather in our forecast we are hopeful that water temp’s will warm back up next week.

MarDon Dock Fishing

Dock fishing continues to provide great action for Yellow Perch.  This past week bluegill and crappie action has much improved for dock fishers as well.

Your best lure and baits for crappie fishing would be to use mini-jigs tipped with a grub (maggots).

Washington Bow Fishing Tournament on Potholes Reservoir

Thanks again to all those who attended the 2013 WBA State Championship at the Potholes Reservoir this past weekend! We had 91 competitors on 36 boats and finally got the weather we’ve been hoping for. Approximately 20,000 lbs of carp was removed from the reservoir and almost $7800 in prize money was awarded!

Congratulations to Chris and Cody Bird who came all the way from Oroville, CA to take home the State Championship trophies and $1350 first place prize money this year with a grand total of 136 fish! Also want to say congratulations to our first all-women’s team of Kelly Valentine, Amy Wakefield and Miranda Nash on their 25th place finish. Watch out boys, these girls are getting serious about stickin’ fish! We also had a quite a few ties that came down to the big fish tie-breaker rule.

Carp Tournaments provide great recreation for archers. These events help remove carp that make silt while rooting around in the shallows.  The carp enter the shallows after the Perch, Crappie, Blue gill and Bass have spawned.  The silt that they create while rooting around in the bottom drifts over to the recently delivered spawn and kills it.   There are several areas deep in the sand dunes that I experienced quality bass fishing during the 70’s and 80’s that no longer hold bass, due to the infestation of 1000’s of carp.  Additionally, in the 50’s, 60’, and early 70’s we had commercial carp harvesters in Potholes Reservoir and Moses Lake that would sell carp by the ton for not only fertilizers but for a religious dinner celebration to be shipped to the Mid-West and East Coast.

Upcoming MarDon Events:

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.




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