Bass fishing in Eastern Washington could easily be described as a “tough experience”. Our northern waters cool down quickly, and the sheer numbers of largemouth and smallmouth aren’t as abundant as other locations across the state. We do have several productive lakes though and Potholes Reservoir is amongst this group.
My wife and I decided to take a day trip down to Moses Lake, Washington. Potholes Reservoir is a 20,000 surface acre area that is home to many species of fish. Largemouth, smallmouth, and walleye are the key players, but panfish are sought after as well. No matter what you’re looking to catch, Potholes is likely to keep you and your reel busy.
If you find yourself near Moses Lake, this is one body of water that is a must-fish.Electronics would be very helpful in locating the points and depth changes on the lake floor, but if you find yourself without sonar like me, fishing visible structure and using search baits are a couple of ways to increase your chance of landing a memorable experience. Rat-L-Traps are great for finding the bite, and slowing down with plastics is a surefire way to pick-off the larger sized bass from these groups.
Since this trip to Potholes was my first fishing journey to the Moses Lake area, I cannot help but get excited for Spring 2011. I’ve made leaps and bounds this year by reading, learning, and watching as many professional anglers as possible. You have to take what you can, and apply it to your own experiences. If you do your homework, a trip like this is only hours away for you too, and I’m not just talking about the drive.