Wednesday, April 24, 2024

FRESH NEWS: Largemouth fishing good, smallmouth picking up at Potholes

by Pete Fisher, MarDon Resort contributed report
| April 2, 2024 10:51 AM

MARDON — The current water level on Potholes Reservoir is 1,043.70 feet, coming up 0.5 feet this past week. We are currently 2.8 feet below full pool. The water temperature on the main lake is right around 50 degrees. The sand dunes are reaching the mid- to upper 50s.

The largemouth bass fishing continues to been very good. Fish back in the sand dunes. Throw 1/2-ounce black-and-blue jigs, swim jigs, jerkbaits, chatter baits, spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged plastics. There have been reports of bass on beds.

Smallmouth bass are being caught. Fish 18-30 feet using drop shot rigs, blade baits and tubes. Fish the rock piles around Goose Island and along the face of the dam.

Walleye fishing is fair. Fish the humps in front of the sand dunes and near Perch Point. Trolling and jigging are both producing. Troll a slow death rig at about 0.8 mph on a bottom bouncer or jig 1/2-ounce blade baits in 18-28 feet of water. The walleye are about to spawn. This will push many of the fish into the channels in the dunes.

Trout fishing has been fair. Troll No. 7 Flicker Shads or spoons 2-3 mph. Fish Medicare Beach or from MarDon Resort to Blythe Point. Corral Lake, Upper Goose Lake and Long Lake have been producing trout. Use Rooster Tails or PowerBait from shore or troll Wedding Rings from a boat.

No reports of perch, crappie and bluegill, but it won’t be long.

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