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MARDON — The current water level of Potholes Reservoir is 1,039 feet and has dropped 1.8 feet in the past week. We are currently 7.5 feet below full level. The water temperature in the main lake is about 72 degrees. The water temperature in the sand dunes has risen to over 80 degrees this week.

Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent this week! Fish early and late with frogs and always have a Senko with you to follow up on missed fish. Again, fish the sand dunes. Throw 1/2-ounce jigs, swim jigs, jerkbaits, chatterbaits, Senkos, spinnerbaits, frogs and Texas rig plastic lures. Fish are in 1-12 feet of water. Lots of 1- to 3-pound fish are being caught, with some weighing between 4 and 5 pounds.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good this week. Fish in 5 to 20 feet of water using Ned Rigs, Senkos, spinnerbaits, drop shot rigs, blade baits, crankbaits and tubes. Fish the rock piles around Goose Island and along the dam wall and in Lind Coulee.

Walleye fishing has been good this past week. Walleye are in the weeds in the sand dunes and Crab Creek. Troll slow death gear with a crawler at 0.8-1.2 mph or throw paddle tail swim baits, fluke baits and hard jerk baits. Fish in 6-15 feet of water. Walleye are also being caught when trolling crankbaits. Follow weed lines as closely as possible when trolling. Trolling for walleye gets better as water levels drop and the bait and walleye are drawn out of the weeds and into the main channels.

Trout fishing has been very good. Troll #7 Flicker Shads or spoons at 2-3 mph. Fish Medicare Beach or from MarDon Resort to Blythe Point. From shore fish Medicare Beach with PowerBait.

The Seep Lakes south of Potholes Reservoir have good trout fishing. The best lakes are Warden, Upper Hampton and Upper Goose. Use PowerBait 18 inches off the bottom or cast Rooster Tails. From a boat, you can troll with spoons and spinning lures. Long Lake produces good catches of walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and perch.

Reports of bluegill, sunfish and some large bass are being reported from the sand dunes and the hills off the dunes. Most of the fish are being caught by anglers trolling for walleye. Use a slip bobber and a Bobby Garland Baby Shad or DS Fry along the channels and along the willows. Fish in depths of 6 to 15 feet. Also try trolling a No. 5 Flicker Shad in the channels.

For current conditions and fishing information, call the MarDon Resort Tackle Shop at 509-346-2651.