The fall temperatures are here, and the fishing is good on the Potholes Reservoir as the fish are fattening up for the winter.
The current water level on the Potholes Reservoir is 1028.57 feet, rising 1.03 feet this past week. The water temperature on the main Reservoir is in the mid 50s. The rising water will provide more access for duck hunters back in the sand dunes. The duck season opener is this Saturday, Oct. 13.
The walleye fishing remains consistent this week with limits being reported. Fish the humps in front of the sand dunes and around the mouth of Crab Creek and the rocks off Gooses Island. Troll a Slow Death hook with a worm by itself or a Smile Blade/Slow Death rig behind a 2-ounce bottom walker around the deeper mid-lake humps in the 15-25-foot depth range. If you are marking fish but not catching them trolling, try jigging a Blade Baits.
Largemouth and Smallmouth are doing well along the face of the dunes, and along the face of the dam. Some anglers are finding bigger fish in the 15-25-foot range. Top baits for Largemouth include swim baits, spinnerbaits, crank baits, Skirted Heart Throb XLs fished on a 1/2 oz. football head and fishing a drop shot rig.
Smallmouth are being caught on the rock piles off Goose Island and along the face of the dam as well as around the face of the dunes. Use Flicker Shads, 3½” tubes, swimbaits, drop shot baits and Senkos for the Smallmouth.
The trout fishing on the Potholes Reservoir is picking up with the cooler water temperatures. Trout fishers have been catching trout trolling #5 and #7 Flicker Shads and Shad Raps and trolling Wedding Ring/crawler rigs.
The crappie fishing continues to be good throughout the Reservoir. Big crappies are being caught trolling #5 Flicker Shads and #5 Rapala Shad Raps along the face of the dunes, and jigging VMC Probe jigs and Wingding jigs on the deeper humps. The MarDon Resort dock continues to hold fish. Fish Trout Magnets and Gulp Alive Minnows off the dock on a 1/64th oz. jig head. Fishing from the MarDon Dock is reserved for registered guests only.
Call the MarDon Store for the latest fishing info and to make reservations at 509-346-2651.