The current water level on Potholes Reservoir is 1040.17, just over a foot lower than this time last week. The water temperature on the main Reservoir is at 69.7 degrees and in the mid-70s back in the sand dunes.
The largemouth fishing continues to be very good back in the sand dunes and the stretch between MarDon Resort and the State Park. Top baits include Spro Popping Frogs, Wacky Rigged Senkos and Spinnerbaits. Smallmouth are being caught on the rock piles off Goose Island and along the face of the dam. Use crankbaits, 3 1/2-inch tubes and Senkos for the smallmouth.
The walleye fishing is fair to good. Some fish are starting to move out of the sand dunes to the face of the dunes. Fish the weeds and the drops on the edge of the weeds. Productive spots have been Crab Creek from the mouth to the power lines, in front of the State Park and along the face of the dunes. Fish are being caught trolling Slow Death rigs with Smile Blades and Butterfly Blade rigs as well as traditional spinner/crawler harnesses. Crankbaits and swimbaits have been productive back in the dunes. Fish 10-20 feet of water.
The trout fishing on Potholes Reservoir has been very good this past week. Anglers have been catching big trout trolling No. 5 and No. 7 Flicker Shads and Shad Raps in front of the State Park and trolling Mack’s Wedding Ring rigs with a night crawler and bottom bouncer in 12-18 feet of water.
The crappie fishing continues to be very good off the MarDon Resort dock. The Crappie limit is 25 fish per person with a 9-inch minimum size on the Potholes Reservoir. Reports of crappie being caught back in the dunes are coming in as well. Use a 1-inch Berkley Gulp Minnow in Black Shad, Smelt, or Luma Glow on a 1/80- to 1/32-ounce jig head or fish the Strike King Electric Shad in the Electric Chicken color. A few perch are being caught off the dock as well as around Goose Island.
Only registered guests of MarDon Resort are allowed to fish off the dock.
Call the MarDon Store for the latest fishing info and to make reservations at 509-346-2651.
July 2 at dusk MarDon Resort Fireworks Show
July 7 and 8 Limit Out Performance Marine Shoot Out Bass Tournament
July 14, 7 p.m. Live Music – Paul Sweeny