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Potholes Lake Report
Grant County, WA

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10/05/2019
61° - 65°
Casting
Walleye
Worms
Chartreuse
Windy
Spoons
All Day
56° - 60°
10/08/2019
4
2968

Headed out solo to Potholes on Saturday morning, all my buddies bailed on me or were doing something called hunting. Anyway, launched out of the state park at 0730 and headed over to fish some of the humps along the face of the dunes. The wind was already blowing fairly strong but I anchored over the top of a hump that was marking a lot of fish on my Lowrance.

I recently watched a couple of videos on how to use a casting spoon for walleyes and thought I would give it a try. I was using a 1/2 oz. Kastmaster with gold on one side and a perch pattern on the other. After a little fan casting I hooked my first eye, a nice fat 19 incher who smacked the crap out of my spoon. I caught a few more 13-14 inch eyes and then hooked into a nice 24 inch eye that after a quick pic I released. I knew that some of the fish I had marked were probably bluegills so I hung another line over the side that had a small piece of worm and also a crappie jig. The number of bites I had from those gills was actually interfering with my walleye fishing but on a lite rod it was a lot of fun. I caught a dozen or so gills and kept 9 really nice sized ones.

The wind started picking up, almost whitecaps, and casting became harder so I decided to troll the humps along the dunes. I trolled up a half a dozen more eyes including a 23 incher. A chartreuse smile blade and silver beads were once again the best producer. All told I caught over a dozen eyes, over a dozen bluegills, a nice 3 lb. largemouth and two bullheads. I kept 4 eyes and 9 gills, everything else was released. The wind picked up even more about 1330 so I called it a day. BTW the water temp has dropped 9 degrees in the last two weeks, from 65 down to 56.


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stevertd2010
10/8/2019 9:09:22 AM
Yeah, had the same kind of action last week. A lot less wind then. Much more fun to jig or dropshot for the eyes and other fish. No crappie? Tons of bluegill everywhere. Thanks for the report.
outtheresomewhere
10/8/2019 3:04:20 PM
WOW, bluegills - bet the old black iron skillet gets a workout. Great report, great exploring, great results - thanks for
the report.
kcadwal
10/8/2019 5:19:27 PM
Great report. Thanks for the info. I've been fishing Wanapum Pool for Smallmouth and doing ok in the flats 17-20 FOW. Will try Potholes again. Is the dock still in?

Kc
Part-Time
10/8/2019 6:37:27 PM
Great report, sounds like a pretty interesting day. Driving to Potholes and back on your own, that's Iron Man Fishing.
hewesfisher
10/9/2019 6:42:50 AM
Great report Mark, that'll teach your fishing buddies for going hunting. :-D
walleyemark
10/9/2019 7:16:31 AM
The dock was still in at the state park. The middle ramp is pretty slick when wet. When I launched my boat pulled me down and I had to be careful not to jackknife.. Pulling my Tracker out I had to use 4 wheel drive to get started. I imagine that when it starts getting cold out, it will be unusable without a bunch of sand or kitty litter. The fish cleaning station was still open by the way.
Bazzdude22
10/9/2019 9:29:36 PM
Bazzdude22
10/9/2019 9:32:57 PM
Nice wahoo. I am heading over this weekend for 4 days with my son. Love those seep lakes. Walleymark you work the trades right? I work for r and r heating and seems as if I work around you for years now can not put my finger on it though
8theB8
10/9/2019 9:45:45 PM
Appreciate the report! Headed back over for one last trip next week! I used to hunt, but always wanted to hit that place mid-October, this trip will 15 years in the making lol
walleyemark
10/11/2019 6:59:33 AM
Bazz, I'll be back on Potholes tomorrow. The forecasted wind is supposed to be much calmer than last week. One can only hope.
bullpine
10/12/2019 10:15:26 AM
Looks like someone caught some crappie. Those on the fish cleaning bench.
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