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Name: fdelgado17 Date: October 18, 2014 Rating:
 
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I went to Moses Lake to watch my father-in-law, Larry Ellestad, get inducted into the ML Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Hall of Fame, but every trip over there always involves fishing because we both love the sport so much. Last week he braved the wind and waves in the mighty Lund Pro-V to catch 11 walleyes all day. We were on the water around eight. By 8:30 we were into all kinds of fish. I caught a small eye and a decent largemouth on blade bait, and then the in-laws doubled on a couple of 19" walleye. I switched to a bottom bouncer and a home made smile blade/slow death rig and caught walleyes with them until we had to leave at noon. We kept our limits and threw back probably as many. We also caught several lmb, perch, a big bluegill and a bullhead. We used gold, chartreuse, and black smile blades and perch colored bead patterns trolled 1.0 to 1.1 mph. I had a four foot leader behind a one ounce bottom bouncer. We caught fish from five to twenty five feet deep where the main lake meets the dunes area. I even had a fish hit my lure on the surface as I netted a fish for Larry. I reeled up in case his fish ran to my side of the boat and left the lure floating at the surface. After netting his fish I turned around to drop my line out and a walleye was on my lure swimming in circles. I have never had a walleye do that to me. At one point there were 30 boats in the general area. We saw lots of other fish caught. The three of us have some good days in the past, but not one this good in a really long time. Our biggest was 24" and the smallest kept was 14. Threw back a lot of 8 to 13 inch fish.
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Name: snakeeyes Date: October 18, 2014 Rating:
 
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Due to the reports the past few weeks, my buddy and I decided to make the 2 hour trek to the potholes last Saturday for the first time. We typically target eyes on Roosevelt and the Snake, so we took what we knew, and gave it a go....not too be disappointed. We started the day trolling the north bank towards the dunes and picked up perch immediately; beautiful jumbos. We thought we'd hooked into a couple of monster eyes, only to discover they were 5-6 lb. largemouth. We had a discussion with an older gentlemen who was very nice and told us to fish the dunes 8-25 ft. for eyes. We took his advice and soon found plenty of eye action in the very area he pointed out. Throughout the day we caught 6 different species; perch, largemouth, walleye, catfish, crappie, and trout. I pretty sure we could have found a lingcod or halibut if we had just a few more hours :) We started the day off with 2 dozen worms and after 2 hrs, found ourselves headed back to Mardon's for another 4 dozen. The total for the day was over 100 fish, took home our limit of walleye and perch, and released the rest. Our last worm of the day yielded an 8 lb. walleye to top it all off. Ironically, a gentlemen in an adjacent boat told us we should have been there 2 weeks ago.....said the fishing was ridiculously good. Wished we could have been there :)
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Name: Eyetri2 Date: October 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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Went out with Shelby Ross guide service this morning. Had a very good day fishing with a real pro. Highly recommend Shelby to anyone wanting a great experience on Potholes. Pulled plugs with great success. 7 to 20 FOW. See pic.
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Name: splishsplash Date: October 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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We decided to go to Potholes the 11th thru 13th, we hadn't fished there for a couple of years. Saturday was pretty windy so we didn't go out. Got a late start on Sunday, didn't hit the water until 11, but that didn't seem to matter-we started trolling by Medicare Beach and started catching fish right away. Lots of small walleye and some large perch. Caught a couple of 15" fattie walleye and were marking large schools of fish. I guess they were wallys, we would troll thru and catch some of the smallest ones I have ever seen...4-5". Not wanting to waste our worms feeding the little guys we moved on to the mouth of Crab Creek. We ended up with 8 15-20 inch walleye and 20 nice-sized perch. And the biggest crappie I've ever seen-16". Monday we went back to the same spot, kept another 9 walleye and 16 large perch, threw back many more. Also threw back a nice bullhead. Caught another nice crappie, this one was 11". All the walleye we kept were 15" and over. The 12-13" ones were legal, but not much meat for the size so we decided to go for quality over quantity. The keepers were really nice and heavy.
Caught all the fish trolling worm harnesses in darker colors, depth was anywhere from 3-35 feet. A great weekend! Talked to a local who said that this has been one of the best fall walleye/perch seasons that he has seen for a long time. Get 'em while they're biting!
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Name: TiredMark Date: October 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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Thought I would give the Potholes a shot as there has been good reports. Launched Sunday morning and had the first 3 walleyes trolling up the Lind coulee/wasteway. Things went quiet for a very long time and I had moved out into the lake when I hooked a carp. After letting it tow the boat for a while, finally landed him - foul hooked on the top of his back, I was back trolling. Chatted with a woman fishing who said she had never seen anything but small walleyes. She did have a nice mess of perch on her stringer. Just after our chat, bam, one rod took off and made me think the carp was back for seconds. Finally got the fish up to the boat and found a monster eye on my line. Challenging getting him in the net with his size but accomplished that and found the line to the trailing double whammy hook had just broken and he was in just the net! Whew!. Weighed him at 7lb 10 oz and length of 26 1/2. I have caught longer eyes, but I think this was possibly the heaviest. He was just so thick. Anyway, made for a nice finish that day. Launched Monday, found perch, but couldn't buy a walleye in that particular area so settled for a nice mess of perch that made for a great meal once back home. Mosquitoes at the launch in the afternoon/evening are absolutely ferocious. Take a large can of repellent! Bottom walkers with chartreuse double whammies were the primary tackle. Took the carp with a perch color shadrap.
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Name: juggalo Date: October 05, 2014 Rating:
 
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Made it to potholes this morning with my fishing partner White Boy Troy.we were on the water about 8:30 launching at the state park.went strait to the dunes and had lines in the water within about 20 min.man it was a zoo.probably 30+ boats all going different directions.pretty steady bite for 4-5 hours took home 2-18" and 4-16"walleye and 32-10"to 12" perch.also caught 4 or so cats which were released. All in all a great day.
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Name: Ruffneck18 Date: October 04, 2014 Rating:
 
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Sorry, not very good at puter stuff so not even gonna try to download pics!
Here's the skinny, Took the wife out for sum Walleye catchin cause the Salmon thing on the Columbia is A MADHOUSE.
We left Spokane valley at 5:00 AM and were fishin the Potholes b4 8am caught 6 keeper Eyes between 161/2 up to 22 in.
couldn't keep the Perch off the lines and they were big for Perch, but a pain in Da Keester none the less.
And thats alls i gots to say about that, so im gonna go cook up sum Wally's for dinner now.
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Name: fishindoc Date: October 02, 2014 Rating:
 
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Had a great day out on the water with my son Kevin. Sunny day with a good walleye chop. We trolled plugs and spinners/bottom bouncers along the face of the dunes and later along Perch Point. The walleye were really scattered. We concentrated on 10-12 depths. We boated 20 keeper size walleyed with the largest a beautiful 28 incher. The perch were much more of a nuisance today. Only a few bass today but also had catfish, crappie, and bluegill in the mix. Chartreuse spinners were the fishes preference today. 2 hook setup was better than slow death today. All the walleyes were thick and were great fun on our light gear.
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Name: hewesbob Date: September 28, 2014 Rating:
 
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A bit windy Sunday but what a reward for fighting the wind, this 28 inch 7 1/2 pound male walleye(I am hoping the picture uploads). We were about a half mile into Lind Coulee from the boat launch when this monster hit. My wife did an excellent job of playing him, it took her about five minutes of strong runs to get him in the boat. The wind started laying down about 1:00 so we went back out in the main lake to check with our friends in another boat. They had some nice perch and one walleye about 17 inches. We tied our boats together to have lunch and just left the wind drift us with a couple poles dragging bottom walkers and double whammys, we picked up a few more perch as well as several slot large mouth bass and a bunch of cat fish(all c/r) so the rest of the day we would run to the north side of the lake tie the boats together and let the wind drift us between .08 and 1 mph. with three adults and one ten year old boy fishing we end the day with about sixty perch all over ten inches, six walleye from 17 inches to 28 inches, c/r about 20 large mouth and 50-60 cat fish. The bonus of the day was spending time with great friends and of course the best fishing buddy I could have, my wife.
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Name: fishindoc Date: September 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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This is my first report on this site. I went solo without my usual fishing partner. He normally gets the back of my boat ready for launching. After some distraction at the launch I backed my boat into the water, climbed into the boat from my trailer and realized I had not taken care of my motor mount or removed my trailer straps so back into the truck and pulled the boat out. Good thing as the plug was also out. Bad things happen when one deviates from the normal routine. After properly preparing the boat another fisherman backed my truck into the water for me while I was in the boat..thanks for the help!

Finally got on the water at 9:00 AM. Trolled a Flicker Shad, perch color, and bottom bouncer with slow death/green-yellow beads/yellow blade along the face of the dunes.. First fish within 5 minutes. Fished until 3:00 PM. Boated 12 walleye with 6 between 21-25 inches, all were thick. Never once had a typical walleye bite on the slow death. Usually they just hammered it. Landed another 12 Bass, all largemouth, something that hasn't happened to me in 20 years. Largest Bass 2.5 lbs but many went aerial. A few catfish and perch and a single 13 inch Crappie filled out the day. It was 50/50 between the plug and spinner. 7-15 feet of water. Only slow time was when I trolled up into the crab creek channel, as there were several boats there, with only a couple of snags for my effort. Broke one of those golden rules, do not leave fish to find fish! My freezer is full so all those beautiful walleye were returned to grow bigger!

With the launch fiasco I left my phone in the truck so no pictures today, sorry.
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