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FRESH NEWS: Largemouth, walleye and trout waking up at Potholes

by Pete Fisher, MarDon Resort contributed report
| March 19, 2024 12:36 PM

The current water level on Potholes Reservoir is 1,043.3 feet, dropping 0.3 feet this past week. We are 3.2 feet below full pool. 

We have had a warm week of weather this past week. Surface temperatures have warmed to the mid-40s on the main reservoir and to the mid-50s back in the sand dunes. The fish are waking up!

The largemouth bass fishing has picked up as they are now making their way back into the sand dunes. The bass fishing is fair at this point with several nice catches of largemouth reported. Fish mid-way back in the dunes. Throw 1/2-ounce black-and-blue jigs, swim jigs, jerkbaits and Texas-rigged plastics.

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 .8 mph on a bottom bouncer or jig 1/2-ounce blade baits in 18-28 feet of water.

Trout fishing has been fair. Troll No. 7 Flicker Shads or spoons at 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, bluegill or smallmouth bass are coming in yet, but it won’t be long!

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