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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 16, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Potholes region in a deep freeze, but walleye bite still going strong

Santos Garza and Omar Valdez

(Photo courtesy of MarDon Resort)

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

What good things could come of an arctic blast from the north, with temperatures below freezing around the clock?

At MarDon Resort we see this as a harsh transition into winter.  Waterfowl have moved into the Columbia Basin from then Northern Nesting areas.  The Royal Slope Area is seeing new flights of geese coming from the North daily.  Call The Duck Taxi to make a Goose Hunting Reservation (509) 346-2651.

The feeding frenzy of pre-spawn walleye seems as thought over night it has begun.  The North Wind pushes zo plankton radically against the face of O’Sullivan Dam, with never ending 2 to 5 foot waves ( The Arctic Blast).  With the first element of the food chain very available on the face of O’Sullivan Dam the little minnows, the medium size minnows and minnows that look like a 6 inch swim bait are blanketing the dam and the South Shores of Potholes Reservoir.

This condition is always capitalized by serious walleye anglers.  Old Weed Wader, Dick Hemore, begins to break out his blade baits every year when this condition starts.  Recently, Dick and I discussed his walleye history with blade baits on the face of O’Sullivan Dam and the MarDon Dock.  Dick has caught and released 100’s of 10 pound plus Walleye during these elements. Mr. Hemore’s biggest walleye to date is 15 pounds 5 ounces.  Now is the time for dock and boat fishing on the South Shores of Potholes Reservoir.

Dock Fisherman may buy a day pass for $7 for adults and $4 for kids and seniors.  All daytime dock fishers must be gone by dusk.  If you are an overnight guest at MarDon Resort you have access to the dock 24 hours a day.

Visit www.mardonresort.com for more information.

 

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