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FRESH NEWS: Fishing update from MarDon Resort

| July 25, 2023 11:37 AM

The current water level on Potholes Reservoir is 1,032.5 feet, dropping another 1.9 feet this week. The water temperature is in the upper 70s on the main reservoir. The water temperatures in the sand dunes are in the mid-80s.

Walleye fishing has been fair this week. The walleye are in 5-20 feet right now. Fish the shallower fish in the sand dunes with No. 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 will be moving out toward the face of the dunes soon as the water is getting low and the baitfish begin to move out.

Largemouth bass fishing remains good. Most fish being caught are in the 2- to 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 produced. Fish 2-15 feet of water. Fish 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 and Senkos.

Trout are being caught in front of the State Park and off Medicare Beach. Troll No. 5 or No. 7 Shad Raps or 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. Warden Lake continues to be good.

There are some bluegill and crappie being caught back in the sand dunes and up Lind Coulee. Throw worms for bluegill and Trout Magnets for both bluegill and crappie. A few big perch are being caught as well.

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- to 12-pound range.

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

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