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FRESH NEWS: Water lower but warmer while fishing remains good

by CONTRIBUTED REPORT/MARDON RESORT/PETE FISHER
| August 1, 2023 2:38 PM

MARDON — The water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1030.80 feet — dropping another 1.7 feet this week. The water temperature is in the upper-70s on the main reservoir. The water temps in the sand dunes are in the mid-80s.

The water level is at the point that both baitfish and gamefish are beginning to move out of the sand dunes and posting up on the face of the sand dunes.

Walleye fishing remains fair this week. The walleye are in 5-20 feet right now. Fish the shallower fish in the sand dunes with #5 Flicker Shads — trolled, jerk baits, flukes, swim baits and lipless crank baits. Fish the deeper fish with a Slow Death Hook – Smile Bade rig with a crawler and bottom bouncer. Fish the main channels back in the sand dunes, Crab Creek, and the face of the dunes. Fish tight to weed lines! It is an early morning bite — slowing down around 10 a.m. The walleye are starting to move out of the sand dunes to the face.

Largemouth bass fishing remains good. Most fish being caught are in the 2–4-pound range. Largemouth are being caught on a wide variety of baits. Jigs, swim jigs, chatter baits, Senkos, lipless crankbaits and frogs have been producing. Fish 2-15 feet of water. Fish the sand dunes as well as the face of the sand dunes.

Smallmouth bass are being caught on the face of the dam, on the rocks around Goose Island and in the sand dunes. Throw a drop shot rig with 4-inch plastics, 5-inch grubs, deep diving crankbaits, jerk baits and Senkos.

Trout are being caught in front of the Potholes State Park and off Medicare Beach. Troll No. 5 or No. 7 Shad Raps of Flicker Shads, Wedding Rings, and Needlefish. From shore cast Rooster Tails, Vibrax spinners or 5-inch curl tail grubs or fish the bottom with Power Bait. No reports from the Seep Lakes this week.

The crappie and bluegill are moving out of the sand dunes and posting up on the face. Troll a No. 5 Flicker Shad or locate a school and use a slip bobber set to a depth matching the top of the school. Use Bobby Garland Baby Shads or DS Fry on a one thirty-second-ounce moon-eyed jig.

Channel catfish are being caught back in the sand dunes. Fish are being caught on cut bait, Catfish Magic, chicken liver and even hot dogs. Most fish being caught are in the 8–12-pound range.

Call the MarDon Resort tackle store for current conditions and fishing information at 509-346-2651.

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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/MARDON RESORT

Bass fishing near the MarDon Resort has been productive.

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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/MARDON RESORT

Fishing with a variety of baits has been useful on waters in and around Grant and Adams counties.