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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 17

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 8/16/2017 1:32:00 PM

Excellent reports come from Clear, especially for those fishing right at dawn. At this time, Banks Lake walleye seem to prefer bottom walkers with a Slow Death Hook and a nightcrawler over jigs. The fish have been all over the place at depths over 15 feet

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Room to spare

The Star

Date: 8/16/2017 11:39:00 AM

A big beach on Banks Lake provides plenty of room for outings at Steamboat Rock State Park Tuesday. The Bureau of Reclamation allows the lake to lower several feet each August for irrigation needs. - Jacob Wagner

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Outdoors: Rick's Hunting and Fishing Picks

North Platte Telegraph

Date: 8/10/2017 9:24:00 PM

Conditions have remained relatively static the last week. Fishing is picking up very slowly. Here’s what is going on around the region. At Lake McConaughy, catfishing in the upper reaches of the lake is turning back on. Cut baits are best. Most walleye

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Open for control

The Star

Date: 8/9/2017 2:45:00 PM

the district has been relying more heavily on treating the source of mosquitoes, rather than using the fogging method of control. Russell said this spring that Mosquito District 2 contracted with District 1 to do the aerial spraying of Banks Lake

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Alan Liere’s Fishing-Hunting Report for Aug. 10

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 8/9/2017 2:39:00 PM

Troll 25-35 feet down. The usual Slow Death rigs have not been doing the job lately at Banks Lake for anglers trolling the flats. Successful anglers, however, say they are catching a lot of 16-inch and larger walleye and lots of smallmouth by trolling

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• River: Upper Grand Coulee
• Length: 91 Miles
• Surface Area: 26,880 Acres
• Volume: 1,275,000 Acre Feet
• Average Depth: 46 Feet
• Maximum Depth: 177 feet
• Length: 27 Miles
Banks Lake is a man-made impoundment in a 27-mile portion of a natural coulee. Most of the 91 miles of shoreline are ringed with basalt cliffs and talus slopes. There are about 23 islands in the reservoir.

Banks Lake can be fished year-round and is a great vacation destination. Stretching almost 27 miles from Coulee City at the south to Electric City at the north, this large reservoir is very popular with anglers pursuing many species.

Banks Lake, part of the Columbia Basin Project, was created by building two rock-faced, earthfill dams at the north and south ends of the Ice-Age channel of the Columbia River, now known as Grand Coulee. The reservoir is 27 miles long with 27,000 water surface acres. Fishing opportunities for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, yellow perch, rainbow trout, walleye, kokanee, black crappie, bullhead, and whitefish. Developed camping facilities are also available. Call 1-800-452-5687. Wildlife area information.


There are 9 public access points to Banks Lake. The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) maintains 6 of these. In addition, there is access to Banks Lake at 1 city park, 1 state park and 1 privately-owned camping resort. Please see our boat ramp page for details on public access to Banks Lake, Washington - U.S.A.


See the Washington State Parks website for handicap access to Washington's outdoors.

This information courtesy of the - Banks Lake, WA Aug-22-2014
Washington Fish and Wildlife Department (WFWD) - Banks Lake, WA Aug-22-2014
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