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Potholes Lake Report
Grant County, WA



61° - 65°
Mostly Sunny
All Day

What a fun day fishing the Potholes!

I joined NWFR Rob Holman and his friend Rob, and set off with Shelby Ross of Ross Outdoor Adventures. We spent the day fishing for walleye and it was a blast! Shelby let us know that the plug bite was on. This is definitely one of my favorite ways to catch walleye.
Watching the rod double over from a big walleye is just a thrill and a half!

The day started a little cool and breezy but got better as it progressed. We ran four rods, two on planer boards. The plugs were run back 120-140 feet, planer boards out 40 feet from the boat. The planer boards did better overall today.

Shelby runs Flicker Shads and the two hot colors were fire tiger and silver. He worked us around the underwater humps, keeping the gear running in 15-20 feet deep water to avoid the weeds. This was pretty effective and very impressive to see Shelby working the underwater structure. He certainly knows this reservoir!

We ended the day with about a dozen nice eater walleye ranging 16 to 21 ¾”. Shelby has a policy of releasing anything over 22” to preserve the fishery. We released one 23” fish today.

Another great day of fishing the Potholes with Shelby Ross!


5/21/2019 10:42:07 PM
Congrats Mike... I decided to head down to the Coast for the razor clam and crabbing opportunities instead.
perhaps I'll make it over to the east side of the mountains this weekend for some of those walleyes.
Thanks for taking the time for the other day for a conversation (near Lake Washington), if your team ever needs
a fill-in cameraman - let me know!
Mike Carey
5/22/2019 6:05:13 AM
You bet, it was nice to meet you and get a break from the work day!
5/24/2019 3:52:20 PM
I found a way to catch those Kokanee in my belly boat...
It worked for fish near the surface, but don't know if I will find
success when they head deep! Hope you enjoy the Memorial Day weekend...
bob johansen
5/22/2019 7:19:31 AM
Nice report Mike - And, a nice catch. Potholes Reservoir was one of my favorite places to fish -- especially during those nice early fall days.
5/22/2019 9:00:57 AM
Were you up in the dunes trolling? What speed did you troll at?

Mike Carey
5/22/2019 11:29:51 AM
Yes, 2.2mph
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