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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM

A variety of fish offering good fall action at the Potholes Reservoir

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

Fishers on Pothole Reservoir are enjoying some of the best catching we have seen in decades, both bank fishing and especially boat fishing. We are enjoying many anglers that we have not seen in over ten years, returning for the abundant yellow perch catches. Serious perch anglers are not keeping perch unless they are at least 10 inches in length. These are the classic JUMBO PERCH!

Crappie fishers at the MarDon Dock are having days with limits of crappie, most of which are between 10 and 12 inches. Many 13 and 14 inch crappie are also being reported.

Quiet walleye anglers are being overwhelmed with the 25 in plus walleye being caught from not only the edge of the sand dunes, Goose Island and especially the Medicare Beach Area.

Bass fishers are repeatedly commenting on very strong, healthy largemouth and smallmouth bass, with and occasional 20 inch and longer bass. With the ever changing aspects of Potholes Reservoir the simplest fishing techniques continue to provide the most enjoyment. The slow death hook, beads, and Max Lure Smiley Blades combined with a night crawler have been producing everything that swims in the lake, except mermaids.

The seep lakes below O’Sullivan Dam are taking a 2nd position to the catching action going on in Potholes Reservoir. But these lakes, especially Soda, Long, and Crescent Lakes are experiencing the same successes.   Now the lakes on the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge remain open through the last day of September. The 2 areas that deserve attention are Corral Lake (across the street from MarDon) and The Goose Lakes.

The fall migration patterns have begun. The sand hill cranes are routinely being seen in the Frenchman Hills and the Royal Slope Area. Many other migratory birds are being seen daily in the Potholes Recreation Area and especially the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. This is a great time if you enjoy going out for a little bird watching.

Dove Hunters have only a few days to enjoy a very productive 2014 Dove Season. And before long the October 11th Waterfowl Season will be upon us. Take a look at the Meseberg Adventures Website to learn about guided and non-guided hunting options (

Also, the Royal Youth Boosters are continuing to grow with a wonderful volunteer parent group. The early waterfowl season is a great time to consider a cast and blast getaway. As our fall patterns become more pronounced and weather cools, not only do we see incredible numbers of waterfowl coming to our area but also the walleye and bass bite improving as they instinctively feed heavily in preparation for the cold winter months.

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