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Potholes Reservoir Reports

Potholes Reservoir (23,000 acres): Expect good fishing for rainbow trout as a result of two years of production from an in-lake net pen rearing project. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass and walleye will be only fair. Yellow perch, crappie and bluegill populations have declined in recent years. The reservoir is open to fishing year-round, with the best time for warmwater species in mid-summer through fall. The main reservoir and Lind Coulee arm are also popular for fishing through the ice. Crappie and bluegill have a combined daily catch limit of 25 fish. A large private resort, a state park, and several developed public access areas provide all the necessary amenities. Disabled accessibility at Island site and Lind Coulee - Level 3. WCT, lgs. / At Williams Lake site - Level 2. WCT, lgs, steep launch.



04/12/2014 - Brett - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Started at the east end of the lake at the public launch. Trolled plugs, wedding rings and wally pops. Picked up two 16" walleye. Others at the launch said fishing was hot in the Lind Coulee inlet till 9am. Fish seemed to be up towards the surface. Nothing over 20' feet fishing depth had action.  
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03/30/2014 - Brett - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Tried Potholes for the firs time this year. Ran both plugs as well as wedding rings. Trolling from south to north starting at "bird island", used a downrigger at 45 ft with one rod and wedding ring setup. Other used a deep diving plug. Got one smallie about 2.5#. Nothing else on the plug. Wind really picked up around 10:30am and made for a pretty wet ride back as the chop felt similar to the ocean running back in. About 10 other boats all fishing the north end mostly jigging from what I could tell.  
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4/15/2011 - Naferious - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Caught 2 18" rainbows and a luncker 3' 7lb catfish on canal section of res. across street from warden lake. All were caught with worm floating off bottom with sliding weight. 
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11/27/2010 - Hunter - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Went to Potholes for some duck hunting w/ Duck taxi and did alright w/ a couple ducks and a goose. Stayed at MarDon resort and her it was good for walleye this time of the year off th dock. Tied on a Kastmaster but noting and then found a glow swimbait and first cast, FISH ON. Nice one over 20 inches and it was my very first walleye, too. Good luck! 
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2/22/2010 - OLDMAN37 - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
My bros. and I went to Pothole Lake Feb. 20-21 and we each caught one walleye except my little bro. We fished all night to morning. It was cold and icy. But it was fun. Especially my first trip up there. 
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6/3/2005 - Hick Chick - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
27MAY05 THRU 01JUN05. SOME FRIENDS AND I VENTURED OVER FROM THE WEST SIDE OF THE STATE FOR AN EXTENDED MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. WE STAYED AT THE STATE PARK AND HAD A FREAT TIME. FISHING WAS SLOW BUT PRODUCTIVE ONCE WE TRIED A FEW DIFFERENT SET UP'S. WE HAD THE MOST LUCK AT THE MOUTH OF FRENCHMAN'S WATERWAY. WE CAUGHT ABOUT 5 WALLEYE'S ALL IN THE 19-20 INCH RANGE. IN THE SAME AREA WE HAD JUST AS MUCH LUCK WITH THE SMALLMOUTH'S, ONE 4+LBS. ON THE 31ST THE WIND PICKED UP AND EVENTUALLY BROUGHT WITH IT THE RAIN. WE STUCK TO THE SHORELINE BETWEEN THE STATE PARK AND MAR DON'S AND LANDED A 5+LB LARGEMOUTH. HAD A GREAT TIME AND WELL WORTH THE DRIVE TO GET AWAY FROM THE WEST SIDE "RAT RACE"; CAN'T WAIT TO COME BACK! 
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10/2/2004 - Terry Connolly - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Fished Potholes on Friday night and all day Saturday. The night bite was OK as I hooked one 18 inch walleye, several medium sized Smallmouth bass and a few Largemouth bass to 19 inches. I did loose a very nice Small mouth that broke my line as I tried to lift the fish out of the water without the usual "lip lock" as the fish had the crankbait (DC13 - pearl with red belly) burried in its mouth and I did not want to have treble hook removeal issues (from my hand), the fish swam off with my crankbait stuck in its mouth as well all of my bragging rights? The fish looked to be a 6 Lb plus smallmouth, but I have no documented proof. The bite on Saturday was turned off during Midday as the Sun was shining and the wind was still. However as the day turned into evening the bite accelerated and found us hooking many smallies along the Rip Rap found between Lynn Coulee and the Rockpile. Lake is rising slowly compared to last year at the same time when the lake was way low. 
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6/6/2004 - T. G. Yasutake - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
What happened at Sprague to me and my Uncle happened at Potholes. The wind was horrendous and the whitecaps out on the lake were big. Went up to Crab Creek and had no luck. Caught one Smallie off the boat launch dock on Mardon (Texas Rigged Junebug Lake Fork French Fry). Looked for bass on beds but saw none, and neither me or my uncle could ever remember Potholes' water level this high... 
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5/17/2004 - jason - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
fished potholes on monday for walleye. did not get a single  
bump.weather was decent. talked to some people who had been there for  
three days ,only one rainbow caught mabey just an off day but it was  
pretty slow for everybody.we fished spinners. we fished with jigs.we  
tried plugs. we tried evrything. going back up this weekend hopefully  
it will be better.good fishing!!  
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4/11/2004 - Terry Connolly - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Fished Potholes on Sunday with my two couins, We started up in Lynn  
Coulee and marked many Walleye that aparently were not on  
the "Bite". Caught one on a jig rigged with plastic curly tailed  
worm and a nice juicy piece of crawler. Then we moved to the Rock  
pile along the face of O'sullicvan Damn and began to catch some  
quality Smallmouth bass to 19" and 5 Lbs all caught on Crankbaits  
such as the jointed ShadRap (Firetiger). The day was pleasent and  
the fishing was very good, in all 10 smallies and 2 walleye. Not bad  
for a couple of "buckeyes" (useless nuts). 
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12/1/2002 - WATERDOG - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
SODA LAKE BELOW THE DAM...ENJOYED A DAY BOWFISHING FOR CARP IN THE SHALLOWS, MANY FISH,EASY TARGETS,MUCH PRACTICE NEEDED BEFORE TURNING BACK TO DEER,[alot different shooting the heavy fiberglass arrows]DID SCORE A COUPLE NICE 25-POUNDERS,AND MAN CAN THEY MOVE THAT LINE OFF THE SPOOL!  
 
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11/20/2002 - Trapper - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
N.N.Windmill, Huge shadows showing on bottom of lake seen while Duck Hunting, Browns? 6lb Breeders? We will see this Spring!  
 
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3/28/2001 - Steve Langenbeck - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
My wife and I fished Pillar and Snipe Lakes on Tuesday. Not even a bump. The wind blew our float tubes off the lakes, then it got cold and windy, then it got cold and windy with driving rain. It finally got so bad we couldn't cast, so we drove home over Snoqualmie pass in a blowing snow storm at 40 MPH. Yes, it's that fabulous spring fishing!  
 
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3/22/2001 - Steve Langenbeck - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Fished Pillar and Cattail in the Widgeon-Pillar chain. Caught two, 3" rainbows (note that's INCHES not pounds!) in Pillar and nothing else. Caught two 16" rainbow in Cattail in the SE corner with #12 black wooly bugger on 12' leader with floating line. Cast from float tube to reeds at shore, slow strip back. Got two strikes on rootbeer chronimids in 9' of water on SW corner but missed them both (I'm a dork). Schools of yellow perch on NE corner shallows. Water temp 50 deg at surface. Really pretty place.  
 
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3/12/2000 - Mark - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Fished w/Bruce and Jim down below the damn around Soda Lake and the seeplakes below. Friday was productive if you wanted to catch freshly planted rainbows. Fish averaged 6-8 inches (not much to talk about). Next morning we hiked into more of the lakes and fished doe 10 hours straight. Let's just say it was slow in the morning, Bruce picked up a nice 4lb rainbow and I picked a nice 2 pounder. After about 2pm, it became the Bruce fishing clininc. Bruce caught a nice 2 pound rainbow and then came "The Fish of a Liftime". Unfortunately, as we were looking at this monster of a fish (I'm being conservative in estimating this fish @ 7 pounds PLUS)from about a foot away when Bruce decided to test the laws of physics...6 pound test line vs. the 7 plus-pound Rainbow. Gues who won? Needlees to say, physics still is accurate and the fish is now happily swimming in the lake. Couple more 1 3/4 to 2 pound Rainbow's for Bruce (notice how I have not mentioned Jim and Mark)? Next day hiked back in below Soda Lake and fished some more, Bruce landed another beautiful 4 pound Rainbow and awhile later another nice pound rainbow (again notice how I have not metiond Jim and myself?). Long story short, Jim and I not so good. Good weekend overall.  
 
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3/5/1998 - Mark Gran - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Fishing report for the seep lakes down below O'sullivan Dam (Potholes). Friday we fished the south end of Soda Lake but to no avail, local reports were saying that some pretty good fish were coming out of there. Tend to believe them since we saw alot of folks fishing the shoreline. Saturday we hiked into Sago Lake (same lake as my picture from last year). Fishing wasn't a barn burner but there was quality. Saw a dad/son combo land a nice 18 inch/2lb rainbow and lose a couple that would have gone more than likely 14-16 inch/1.5-1.75lb range. Another guy caught a 3lb rainbow and a 1.5 to 1.75lb rainbow but they lost the stringer (still trying to figure that one out). As for Jim and myself, Jim dragged 3 fish out (lost at least 4), his fish went 14 to 19.5 inches/1.5 to 2.5lbs and I ended up with 2 keepers (let a monster 8 inch rainbow go) they were 15 inches/1.75lbs and 20 inches/3lbs.  
 
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7/12/2002 - Courtney - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
We fished Potholes the 23-27 of June. The weather was beautiful, and the fishing was slow at first, and then later on we decided to use power bait, and caught at least 25 16-22 inch Trout. My brother caught about a 6 pound Carp, but we released it.  
 
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4/27/2002 - Kevin - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Fished Potholes 04/25/02. Caught and released at least 100 Walleye. Unfortunately only 4 keepers but it was sure a blast  
 
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4/6/2002 - Dale Dorcas - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Fished Potholes Reservoir over the weekend. Caught a good number of small rainbows. Orange Triple-teaser was best lure. Also caught 2 3lb. rainbows. One was on Rainbow Powerbait. Fished by Mardon. 49 degree water temperature. Most trout fishermen doing poorly near the State Park. Walleye not doing that great, so I was told. Then went to Moses Lake by I-90 for perch, and caught a good number (one guy cleaned 80 fish the day before, so some were doing awesome.) Peak of that fishery (perch spawn) is March 25 I believe.  
 
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11/24/2001 - vern - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
While shotgunning was the choice of the day, my buddy and I decided to troll for trout. Friday evening, we trolled between the State Park ramp and MarDon's. We caught 4 in an hour. Three at 1 1/2 lbs, 1 at 4.25 lbs. The next day we were up just after the Duck Taxi left, and trolled along the dam...nothing. Trolled along Medicare Beach....nothing. Came back between the State Park ramp and MarDon's...we killed em!!! We used a small flasher and a brass plated Rooster Tail (medium and dark colors) The fish were in the top 10 feet. Five feet was better. At noon the wind came up and stayed wild all Sat night and Sunday. We left with 13 fish, 4 of 4lbs or better, nothing under 1.5lbs.  
 
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9/2/2001 - Zach - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Camped at potholes reservoir on labor day weekend caught one carp about 7 pounds on worm, caught several walleye,one 30" and 10 pounds, one was 19" and the rest were too small to keep also caught several perch most too small but caught a few that were about 10" to 12" caught trolling for walleye. Caught one bluegill, nice size, also caught trolling. The lake is very low for this time of year.  
 
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9/1/2001 - Michael C. - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
The pan fish have come back to the potholes. I have fished it on and off for the last month with good results. Took my daughters fishing on 8-26-01 and did well. We got there about 11:30 and started fishing off the dock. We ended up bringing home about 25 8-10" perch and 4 large rainbows. The trick is to use perch meat. Even the trout love it. Ended up going again on 9-1-01 and it was even better. The kids and I brought home 40 very large perch 10-11" and 5 at 12" and 1 13". We also caught a 11" crappie and 4 lb trout. Threw back about 50 that were 5-8". Again all on perch meat. My cousin also caught a nice stringer of 20 perch 9-12" long. The fish taste wonderful. Kids love them fileted. Yum..... Good luck and good fishing.  
 
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8/6/2001 - Ken Webb - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
I heard that the perch were comming back to the Potholes so I decided to check it out last week. fished north of the State Park with no luck, tried Frenchmans Creek, no luck, fished in front of Mar Don dock and started to catch fish, most of them were 5 & 6 inch pearch. After catching enough pearch for a meal I decided go check out the Bass fishing. I fished the face of the Dam at dusk till dark and picked up maby 30 Small Mouth but most were under six inches long. This lake has a long way to go before it will be worth fishing, it has been way over fished and not enough put back into it. The only thing that the trout are good for is catch and release, the meat tast like algae.  
 
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6/30/2001 - Tim Bauer - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
My wife and I fished for many hours at the potholes from monday-thursday. Actually, fishing wasn't all that bad. We both caught a bucket full of perch- or at least it could have been had we not thrown them back. I caught two rainbows that were about 5 pounds each in the mornings about 4:45 am. The best fishing was by spring in the bottom of the lake and the fish that were there were large. No bass, and that seems strange because two weeks ago we were nailing them. No anything else that I heard of while camping in the state park, but one fisherman did land a 32 pound carp on accident, which is not so surprising if you have ever been to this lake. Oh by the way the fish tasted fine!!!  
 
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6/20/2001 - stubben - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Went to potholes 6/15-6/18. Caught many nice trout 17"-22" size. Once the meat was cooked, it tasted awful! Like stagnant water/mossy. Have caught trout there before with it never tasting like this, wondering what is going on? Tried filet & deep frying and grilling. Both tasted the same . ( mud vein had been cleaned out)Some were caught on main lake and others in a slight cove. The water was clouded more this year. Anyone with info please let me know. Very disappointing!  
 
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6/4/2001 - Al - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
I fished the seep lakes over by the potholes the fishing was slow. In three days I only caught 3 trout, two 3.8 pounds and a 3.2. Mar Dons said they will put my picture on the internet. Now if you like perch the fishing dock at Mar Dons is the place to be, can't miss. In 2 hours Thursday I kept 15 nice size perch. Caught maybe 25. On Sat. Morning I kept 25,maybe caught 40 or so. What I kept was also nice size. Also Warden Lake is putting out small trout. Also some nice size walleyes are being caught at Potholes it self. Bass do not know. The perch I caught on a little white jig tipped with a small worm. Hope this helps.  
 
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5/17/2001 - Bob Clark - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
One other report: People at Mardon are catching a lot of perch off the docks! From 10 to 15 inchers! I apologize for not mentioning this in my previous report.  
 
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5/17/2001 - Bob Clark - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Fished the Potholes on 5/8,9,10 at Mardon. Trout were striking out of the brush (High Water close to shore, now). Nice size and hitting plugs and Mepps #2 mostly. No bass yet. Crappie are spawning in the dunes, they should be out in the next few weeks and at that time fishing should get a lot better, but the weather doesn't look good for that time.  
 
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6/16/2000 - Jerry - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
Fished Crab Creek 6/10 and 6/12. Caught several nice trout to 4 lbs. Trolled Double Wammies with a worm in 16 to 30 foot water. The fish seem to be moving farther out of the creek into the lake. Seen several boats catch trout, didn't see any Walleye.  
 
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6/9/2000 - joe " fishman " - Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA
I fished memorial weekend and the following weekend. Fished just off of crab creek in a spot we call the humps, caught one small walleye and a ton of nice trout up to 4.5 pounds running lead core 3 to five colors in verying water depths. Hit most of the fish comming from 20 foot of water into 40 right on the downslopes. Tried for bass back in the dunes but only had a few hits. : p.s. run an orange rainbow runner on 6 foot leader of pline flourocarbon, you will kill the trout. :O)  
 
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