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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 24, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Late summer fishing holding up in Potholes Reservoir

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

Late August with a relatively low water level on Potholes Reservoir the fishing is simply great!!!

Our fishery has shown real repair from the devastation caused on May 18, 1980 when the Mt. St. Helens eruption deposited four inches of ash all over the area. The ash covered the spawning areas and stopped fish production.

Now, the fish are finally back!

Perch up to 10 inches have been common and bluegill 6 inches and longer are showing up in limit numbers off the MarDon Dock.

We have also been seeing 14 inch crappie since May off the dock and also being caught in the Lind Coulee arm of Potholes Reservoir and all over the sand dune area.

Bass fishing on Potholes Reservoir is still very active. We are seeing limits of smallmouth bass and hearing about lots of nice evening catches of largemouth bass on top-water lures.

Upcoming events at MarDon Resort:

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 mardonresort.com 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.

Visit www.mardonresort.com for more information.

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