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Name: fishinChristian Date: August 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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Sorry this is late, but 15+ hour days have eaten into extra time.

This is actually a 3-trip report, and the hot weather created the pattern. I won't dwell on numbers much, but suffice it to say most wouldn't believe it, so onto species and patterns. First, perch were everywhere and eating everything they could get their mouths around. Bass of both species were abundant and good sized. The crappie were present and those totaled around 40, up to 14". Bluegill and sunfish were kind of rare, but the stars of the show were the walleye, with night eyes hitting topwater sputtering plugs (yes, you read that right), fast trolled plugs (up to 3.6 mph),
Jiggy plastics, and jigs cranked as fast as you could reel. Ended up with limits of keepers and throwbacks on both ends of the scale. I had the honor of taking my grandson with me to a seep lake on one of those nights, and we caught fish till exhausted. It's cool right now, but if that heat comes back, we'll be out there again for sure. If you try this, be sure to take repellant and tiny lights, preferably in red to preserve night vision. Full moon or nearly helps, too. Picked up cheap watermelons and cants on the way back. 3 great trips, one with great company! Back to work!
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Name: billdance Date: August 04, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished Potholes for the first time this year. Bass fishing was pretty hot… weather was hotter. Lot's of fish in the two pound range. Mixed bag of bucket mouths and smallies. Biggest fish was the smallmouth pictured (3.4 pounds). Also had a nice multi-species double.
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Name: fdelgado17 Date: August 03, 2014 Rating:
 
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After a tough day of trout fishing, returned to the Potholes with my in laws looking for some walleyes. We hit the water at six and tried the mid lake humps for a bit and then switched to a spot near the crab creek channel. There were four other boats in the area who were kind enough to tell us they had walleye when we asked for a report. One boat had two 19" fish and he later caught a 25" fish. The other boat had a 24" walleye.

Ten minutes into trolling with slow death rigs my mother-in-law Sue nearly has the rod yanked out of her hand. She sets the hook and that G Loomis has a good bend to it. Then the fish comes to the surface and rolls. Walleye do not that, so we are wondering what she has tied into. A minute later it hits the surface again and all we see is a giant mouth. Now she is excited because she has never caught a big lmb. We get it netted and in the livewell and guess it at five pounds. The scale later proves us wrong and it weighs in at four. A personal best for her. She also caught a nice 19" walleye as did I. My father-in-law Larry also caught a 24" walleye. We also caught several nice perch and a couple of small bullheads. By 10 the walleyes shut down. We caught and released a bunch of perch after 10, but by 12:30 the temp was 91 degrees. We called it a day and went home and filleted the fish.
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Name: fdelgado17 Date: August 02, 2014 Rating:
 
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I made the journey from Silverdale to Moses Lake to show my dad and our friend how to use the new downriggers he (our friend) bought for his boat. He wanted to make a trial run before heading out to the Columbia River for some salmon. I showed them how to rig them and use the clips and away we went. We trolled a dodger/wedding ring combo on one and original floating rapalas on the other. We also had a lead core line rod out with a needle fish. However, we couldn't buy a bite. We trolled the area near the wasteway and the whole eastern bank from Medicare Beach to the mouth of Crab Creek. We finally caught a nice smallmouth around noon. We also saw another boat catch at least a five pound rainbow. He was trolling a crankbait. By 12:30 it was 90 degrees and getting hotter. We were going to try walleye fishing after an hour of downrigger practice, but we forgot the bottom bouncers.
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Name: Ross Outdoor Adventures Date: July 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished Tuesday morning for a couple hours; 5 minutes in have a double on, two 3+ lb largemouth, then it was 12 walleye with a 27" big fish, lots of perch from 8-14" and a few small mouth to 3lbs. Also caught a 5 lb largemouth that leaped out of the water when it hit. Disclaimer- All fish were subject to a sharp hook injury, a fight to the boat, net, and photo/go pro video before being released to be caught again. Slow death if its calm, cranks if there's any wind at all. Its fall fishing in July! Last minute cancellation so Thursday 7-24 is available and a couple days beginning 7-30. Get here to get a hook in em!

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Name: aortbahn Date: July 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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This report is for both friday and saturday. A couple friends and I hit the potholes for some walleye fishing and we did pretty good. Friday got one over and a total of eight walleyes for the boat with a grip of perch keepers, and Saturday the fishing was about as hot as the weather, we were nailing bigger fish in the afternoon ending up with our 3 overs, and a total of 16 walleyes and another grip of perch. Fished the Lind Coulee, in like 8-15ft of water. Lots of fun!!
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Name: fowl_language Date: June 17, 2014 Rating:
 
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Went out all day each day from the 17th to the 20th.

Two walleye on the trip one at 20" and one at 25" both at crab creek no other fish the whole trip.

Tried crankbaits over the weeds, bottom vertical jigging with crawlers, bottom bouncing deep and shallow.

Fish finally came off of bottom bouncing a worm harness in 10-12 FOW in crab going 1.4 MPH with a silver and pink double wammy silver blade.

Fish are transitioning from shallow to deep and have gone mostly dominant and of course it happened the week I decided to go.
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Name: Big Smooth Date: June 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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Great morning on the water. Could have been better, but when you start the catching with a 27"/ 6.5# walleye.. the rest of the day is hohum..fished crab creek all morning, but didn't hit fish until we moved into shallower water. Trolled the death hooks . Sunday morning was different with only hooking into perch. The day was cut short due to travel, but we won't ever forget Thomas's trophy.
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Name: BigWallysGS Date: June 07, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished Potholes Reservoir on Saturday, June 7th, with 2 clients. We found a great concentration of walleye in Crab Creek. They ended up getting 16 walleye to fill out their limit. The biggest walleye went 24 inches with 5 others in the 19-21 inch range. The key that day was using the Macks Lures Smile Blade/Slow Death Hook combination. Colors varied as the day progressed. Purple, gold, and motor oil were good early while orange was a hot color as the sun got higher in the sky.

We also targeted Lind Coulee and Goose Island later in the day and found very few fish in both locations. The fish are relating to weed lines in shallow water (8-15 feet).

Guided fishing for Walleye on Banks Lake, Moses Lake, Potholes Reservoir and Rufus Woods.
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Name: FishingFool Date: June 02, 2014 Rating:
 
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This report is from 6/2-6/6. Camped at Potholes State Park.

Monday, 6/2. We arrived late and by the time we ate and setup camp and ready to fish, it was about 5:30PM. Started off along the rip-rap cranking and was smacking them. Mostly 9-13" SMB. 1 hit 15". Don't remember the count there. But I did lose my hot striking crank in something. Had something close enough and that worked.

On the way back, decided to hit that bird island nearby. Saw a few nip at my crank, but didn't connect. Found they liked the tubes. These were better fish. In the low 2# range. I think we caught a handful of those around that spot. Even had a double.


Tues, we decide to try some morning LMB in the dunes. I was surprise to see deer stuck on the dunes.... Didn't know they were good swimmers. Anyways, spotted several LMB in about 3-4' of water around what I would call a bush I guess. Little clusters of them. But couldn't get them to bite. They would react at my lures thrown at them, but couldn't commit. After a couple of hours of no bites, we started trolling for trout and maybe walleye.

We got a HARD strike on the wedding ring. I don't know what it was exactly, but if I had to guess, it had to have been a trout due to the depths. Grabbed the rod and a couple of sections later, It popped off.

Get another HARD strike and fish on! Told the wife to grab the rod, because I know she wants a big fish! Saw it jump way back there, but couldn't tell what it was, but it was big! Halfway to the boat and it just pops off. Ugh. She was very disappointed. Well, she gets another chance! FISH ON! I see it jump and it's clearly a trout and a big trout at that. The strike was vicious. She gets it right by the boat and I'm holding onto the net ready to scoop. I see the fish coming closer and WOW, it is big. Had to have been ~22-24". Havent seen a trout that big in ages, since Rufus. Anyways, the fish sees the boat and makes a run and all of a sudden, it was gone! It broke off near the hook and I see the little beads sinking into the water.... SO close!

Headed back out later that evening for the SMB. Didn't caught that many, only a few. I did get a solid strike on my crank. Felt like a snag at first, then felt the head shakes a second or 2 later. It jumped and splashed and my lure comings flying off. DOH! Didn't get a good look at it, so no idea on size, but just from the strike alone, it had to have been big!


Wednesday, we tried for some SMB early on with very little action. Then started trolling a bit. Still cant land anything while trolling. Got another trout on. This time, I was reeling it in. It was close to the boat, maybe 15' away. This was a jumper and it was big too! Over 20". On the last jump, it broke the line again! Near the hook. I guess those big trouts have shape teeth. This is with 12lb test that they are breaking off on. Heart breaking.

Decided to try a bit of a Got our bottom bouncing setup and tested it for a bit for walleye. Headed towards Lind Coulee but I pulled off and started targeting the back pockets long the way there. Broke off a tube on something and landed a small SMB on a senko.

Then it got windy and decided to head back in. Long 20 min boat ride. A little on the rough side, but very manageable.

Thurs, woke up and notice the lake is pretty windy....But it doesn't look that bad..... Put the boat in and started heading out. 3 mins into the boat ride and we're like fuck this, we're out. Just too rough. I don't know how big the swells were, but they were starting to splash over the front and back.

Even though it was only like 3 mins out, it took us about 15 mins to dock due to the wind and waves. I smacked my trolling motor into the dock and cracked a plastic casing. I hope it'll be alright....

We stayed at camp and hanged out. We checked again at late afternoon and it was much better. Tried trolling for trout first for about 2hrs without a single bite. Then decided to put those bottom bouncers to use for about 20 mins and a slow death worm with nada. Went back to old faithful, the SMB. Didn't want to get skunk.

Good thing but it was hot hot hot again! Caught about 15 or so.
But biggest was only 2lb 9oz. I want to say this was caught on a tube, but I'm not 100% sure anymore. But after setting the hook and knowing it was a pretty good fish, I handed off the rod to the wife so she could "catch" it.
On the dock when we got back, there was a WDFW employee doing surveys about the quality of the fishing and types and experience.


Friday, depending on weather, we were going to head out 1 more time before we left for home, after packing up and it was a good thing we did, cause we smacked them again for that ~2hrs or so we were out there. I made 3 straight casts with a fish on! Got big fish, at 3lb 12oz. I lost another one same size or bigger too right at boat side. Don't know wtf happened there. That one smacked my crankbait hard and looked like it was hooked really well. Get it to boat side with net ready and all of a sudden, it was off. The one in the pic was caught on a dropshot. We landed about 10 SMB in the 2hr span. It was awesome!

Stopped off at the Pothole Store for some ice cream, yummy. Good drive home. Hated the Friday traffic back home though. Lots of mosquitos. Several annoying bees. We made friends with several squirrels at the campsite. One of them would finally pick food out from our hand. Cute little buggers. Saw lots of different variety of birds.

Good times. Will cherish these memories.
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