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July 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Lots of fish to catch at Potholes Reservoir

Willy with a crappie

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

The trout fishing on Potholes Reservoir is now, the best it has been in years. The quantity and size of this world class fishery, the guys with down riggers just let out about thirty feet of line in about fifty feet of water and troll from 1.5 to 3 mph, depending on lure selection. The guys with leaded line are going three to five colors down.

The people fishing, trolling with weights, need three to four ounces depending on gear selection to get it deep enough. They are fishing needlefish in a variety of colors. Also, Rapalla shad raps in sizes 5-7-8. The baby Hot Lips DC-13 have always been a great lure on potholes reservoir ever since the days of our retired guide Skip Davis. Skip created 8 new colors in the DC-13 while working as a guide @ Mardon Resort. We have been hearing reports of trout all over potholes reservoir. Lately the east end of O’Sullivan Dam where the potholes canal exit’s the reservoir has been producing good trout for fishers trolling.

The MarDon Fishing Dock continues to attract many friends of MarDon that haven’t been at the resort for ten or twenty years, the attraction has been perch and crappie limit level fishing. Many of our diligent crappie fisherman are reporting there best action in ten years.

Bass anglers are having incredible early morning and late evening top water bass fishing. It’s no secret that a focus bass angler can have a catch and release thirty to fifty smallmouth on the face of O’Sullivan Dam. (Many of these smallmouth are small fish.) The DFW biologist’s have asked us to ask all anglers to keep their limit of smallmouth bass because potholes reservoir is over populated with these miniature fighters. The sand dune bass anglers are using buzz baits and stick baits and many other surface lures to catch and release largemouth bass with great success this past week.

Again this week walleye anglers report tough walleye days due to the explosion of the yellow perch population all over the reservoir. The more serious walleye anglers are learning that these bugle eyes feed aggressively each morning for sometimes less than one hour and the same condition exist at the end of the day.   Goose Island has been showing the best Walleye catching of any place on the reservoir this past week.

With our surface water temperatures flirting with the 80 degree mark by late afternoon, water sports in the sand dune area and main body of potholes reservoir have been the joy of summer.

Upcoming MarDon Events:

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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