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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Plenty of late-summer fishing choices at Potholes Reservoir

Taleese Sickels Crappie

(Taleese Sickels with a jumbo crappie she caugt fishing off the MarDon Dock. Photo courtesy of MarDon Resort.)

Here is the latest fishing report for the Potholes Reservoir by Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort:

With night time temperatures typically dropping to 56 degrees in late September some more responsive fish like crappie are already feeding heavily to prepare for our winter in Easter Washington. Each year Crappie, Bass and Walleye go on a fall feeding frenzy.

This makes for some wonderful catching as well as some fine meals. Larger average size walleye are becoming more available with our cooler nights. This past week Jumbo Walleye up to 12lbs 10oz have been reported at the mouth of Frenchman’s Waste-way where it enters the reservoir.

Goose Island has many rock pillars that damage propellers, so use extreme caution while boating in that area of the reservoir. Trolling spinners and night crawlers at Goose Island will produce limit level smallmouth bass. Medicare Beach is the new walleye hot spot, walleye up to 10 pounds have been reported in that area.

Bass fishing in the sand dunes will only improve as the water level drops. Use caution while driving around the sand dune area, there are many sand bars inches below the water this time of year. The water level will continue to drop through mid-October. Beaver hut crappie and bass fishing on a structure or a current line and perch are most available.

Dove Hunting begins September 1, 2014 and the doves have been here in good numbers. Get a spinning wing dove decoy and you will have a blast! Ask about our Royal Hunt Club for fee access land to hunt doves on. (509) 346-2651.

Upcoming events at MarDon Resort:

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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