On Potholes Reservoir the buzz is about catching fish, not just going fishing.
Some days have been good for all fishers; most days have been filled with wonderful fishing memories. Our water level is at the typical lower level for late August.
The boat launch at MarDon Resort is very usable and is used many times daily. The deepest quality launch on Potholes Reservoir this time of year is at the east end of O'Sullivan Dam and it is called the Glen Williams Boat Launch.
Bass fishing has been great on Potholes. We received reports of smallmouth bass being caught and released up to six pounds, eight ounces and largemouth being caught regularly around five pounds.
Walleye fishers are catching the largest bass they have ever caught trolling for walleye. The most popular lure is a Rapala Shad Rap and Berkley Flicker Shads in 10 to 20 feet of water.
Crappie up to 12 inches are being caught by walleye fisher's as well. Goose Island has been good for big perch, bass and many different age classes of walleye. The MarDon Dock has been great for kiddos for the last couple of weeks.
Royal Hunt Club is a great do-it-yourself hunting option in our area. You may purchase a pass for dove hunting for $100 or purchase the regular pheasant, duck and goose season pass for $300.
Our Royal Hunt Club president Sam Worsham has spearheaded a pheasant release program for the Hunt Club this year. 2000 pheasants are being raised in the Royal 4H Center to be released on the Royal Hunt Club land during pheasant season.
There is no extra charge for the released pheasants and the release sites are marked on the map. No guides are allowed to participate in the Royal Hunt Club, this is open to the public other than that. For more information please call (509) 346-2651.
Upcoming Events at MarDon Resort:
August 29, 2015: 8th Annual Lake Games and Beach Party starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 5 p.m. The beach party starts at 6 p.m. with dinner catered by Hugo's Tacos and DJ starts at 7 by Big Daddy DJ Luke Clark.
If you are interested in participating you can call (509) 346-2651 or come and register at the Beach House at MarDon Resort Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. or Saturday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. before the event. We will also do registration Saturday afternoon on Goose Island. You can register until 3 p.m. that day.
September 5, 2015: Annual Yard Sale at MarDon Resort goes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Everything in the sale is 50 percent off and there is lots of tackle and clothing mainly. No returns accepted. All sales are final.
September 18-20, 2015: Dock Fishing Tournament and Pie Social. This is a really fun weekend fishing event. The cost is $40 per person and it is a dock fishing tournament that starts Friday evening and does not end until 11 a.m. on Sunday.
We pay out for nine different species of fish for the top two weights and end the weekend with an awards ceremony and potluck-style meal at noon on Sunday. We do limit this tournament to 200 fishers and we are 25 percent filled at this date, so if you are interested in joining please call the MarDon Office (509)346-2651 or go to mardonresort.com and download an application.