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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Potholes region has plenty of fishing and wildlife viewing options

Kourtney and Hunter

(Kortney and Hunter Deaton of Great Falls, Montana, with a 27.2 pound channel catfish caught in the Lind Coulee arm of Potholes Reservoir with their grandpa and great grandpa’s help. Photo courtesy of MarDon Resort.)

Here is the latest fishing report for the Potholes Reservoir by the MarDon Resort staff:

Now is the time for a good family fishing trip to Potholes Reservoir.

The fishing at the MarDon Dock has been so good that even the Pelicans are joining the party. These beautiful birds have been migrating to Potholes Reservoir in flights of over 1500. They come annually because of the great food source Potholes Reservoir holds.

People are catching lots of fish also in the Lind Coulee arm of the reservoir.

Walleye fisherman continue to catch quality walleye but not in limit numbers. However, many walleye over 25 inches are being reported at the mouth of Crab Creek where it enters Potholes Reservoir.

Bass fishers have been surprised by the numbers of over 4 pound smallmouth caught on the face of O’Sullivan Dam, the Lind Coulee arm of Potholes Reservoir, and surprisingly, in Frenchman’s Wasteway and the face of the sand dunes.

Upcoming events at MarDon Resort:

August 23

Lake Games and Beach Party starting at 11am on Saturday and ends at 5pm. The beach party starts at 6pm with dinner catered by Hugo’s Tacos and DJ starts at 7 by Big Daddy DJ Luke Clark. If you are interested in participating you can call (509) 346-2651 or come and register at the Beach House at MarDon Resort Saturday Morning before the event.

August 30

Annual Yard Sale at MarDon Resort opens at 9am-2pm on Saturday. Everything in the sale is 50% off and there is lots of tackle and clothing mainly. Not returns accepted, all sales are final.

September 12-14

Dock Fishing Tournament and Pie Social

This is a really fun weekend fishing event. The cost is $40 per person and it is a dock fishing tournament that starts Friday evening and does not end until 11am on Sunday. We pay out for 9 different species of fish for the top two weights and end the weekend with an awards ceremony and potluck style meal at noon on Sunday. We do limit this tournament to 200 fishers and we are 25% filled at this date, so if you are interested in joining please call the MarDon Office (509)346-2651 or go to and download an application.

September 13

Old Farts Fishing Tournament

This is a one day bass tournament and to be eligible one team member does have to be 40 or older. The entry fee is $100 per team with a $25 big fish and a $25 big stringer option. Only prop driven outboard motors are allowed in this tourney.

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