7/30/2013 10:13:00 AM Fresh report from MarDon Resort, July 25
Submitted by MarDon Resort
The trout fishing on Potholes Reservoir July 19 was the best it has been in years. To take advantage of the quantity and size of this world-class fishing, the guys with downriggers just let out about 30 feet of line in about 50 feet of water and troll from 1.5 to 3 m.p.h., depending on lure selection. The guys with leaded line are going three to five colors down. The people trolling with weights need three to four ounces depending on gear selection to get it deep enough. People are also fishing needlefish in a variety of colors. Also, they are having success with Rapalla Shad Raps in sizes 5-7-8. The baby hot lips DC-13 have been a great lure on Potholes Reservoir ever since the days of our retired guide Skip Davis. Skip created eight new colors in the DC-13 while working as a guide at Mardon Resort. We have been hearing reports of trout all over Potholes Reservoir. Lately, the east end of O'Sullivan Dam where the Potholes canal exits the reservoir has been producing good trout for fishers trolling. The MarDon fishing dock continues to attract many friends of MarDon who haven't been at the resort for 10 or 20 years. The attraction has been perch and crappie limit-level fishing. Many of our diligent crappie fisherman are reporting their best action in 10 years. Bass anglers are having incredible early morning and late evening top water bass fishing. It's no secret that a focused bass angler can catch and release 30 to 50 smallmouth on the face of O'Sullivan Dam. (Many of these smallmouth are small fish.) The WDFW biologists have asked us to ask all anglers to keep their limit of smallmouth bass because Potholes Reservoir is over populated with these miniature fighters. The sand dune bass anglers are using buzz baits and stick baits and many other surface lures to catch and release largemouth bass with great success this past week. Again this week, walleye anglers report tough walleye days due to the explosion of the yellow perch population all over the reservoir. The more serious walleye anglers are learning that these bugle eyes feed aggressively each morning for sometimes less than one hour and the same conditions exist at the end of the day. Goose Island has been showing the best walleye catching of any place on the reservoir this past week. With our surface water temperatures flirting with the 80-degree mark by late afternoon, water sports in the sand dune area and main body of Potholes Reservoir have been the joy of summer.