The Northern Duck and Goose Flights have reached Central Washington.
Groups of Mallards, numbering 30 have been reported throughout our area. The Potholes Recreation Area is prime for waterfowl enthusiast.
Most wing shooters are avid bird watchers and they don’t even realize it. I enjoy bird watching (especially now that the northerns have arrived), The Marsh unit area on Crab Creek, just below O’Sullivan Dam.
This vantage may be enjoyed by stopping at the several pull-overs on the Soda Lake Rd. Hutchinson and Shriner Lake area hold big numbers of Canadian Honkers, and also the cantilever viewing platform overlooking Royal Lake. These locations are located on the Columbia Wildlife Refuge.
If we didn’t have these sanctuaries, hunters would not witness the fine waterfowl hunting that we enjoy every year in the Potholes Recreation area. Many other Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife managed refuges and quality hunting areas provide safe refuge for the many northern flights.
Watching waterfowl inside the Moses Lake city limits can be remarkable near the Alder street area. A favorite of mine is having lunch at Michael’s on The Lake, bird watching between 2 p.m. and dark. I love sitting by the window with that view.
Walleye fishers continue to report limits primarily using blade baits.
The Lind Coulee Arm of Potholes Reservoir, Medicare Beach and especially ‘jigging’ the face of the sand dunes. Corral Lake has been producing rainbow to 20” for bank fisherman.
Tony and Mark Azure of Ketchikan, Alaska and the Tri-Cities enjoyed a limit hunt on Potholes Reservoir this week.