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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for May 9

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 5/8/2019 4:30:00 PM

Smallmouth bass fishing is beginning to turn on. It’s time to hit the Snake or Columbia rivers as well as Banks Lake, the Spokane Arm of Lake Roosevelt, Priest Lake and Dworshak Reservoir for the

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Full Moon Paddling, Star Gazing on Banks Lake

Valdosta Today

Date: 4/24/2019 10:42:00 AM

VALDOSTA – Join WWALS Watershed Coalition for a monthly Full Moon paddle and star gazing at Banks Lake on Saturday May 19, 2019. The sun will set at 8:23 p.m. Arrive early enough to prep your

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Body of Boy, 9, Recovered From Wauconda Lake: Police

USA Patch

Date: 4/20/2019 9:53:00 PM

WAUCONDA, IL – The body of a boy who would have celebrated his 10th birthday Wednesday was recovered Saturday from Banks Lake in Wauconda. Geraldo Rodriguez, 9, and an 11-year-old friend

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Renowned US climber Jess Roskelley among group presumed dead after avalanche in Canada

Alaska Dispatch News

Date: 4/19/2019 5:10:00 PM

The father and son duo continued to occasionally rope up together, whether it was ice climbing at Banks Lake in Central Washington or scaling world-class icefalls in the Canadian Rockies. In 2009, the

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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for April 18

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 4/17/2019 6:30:00 PM

The seventh annual Banks Lake Triple Fish Challenge will run April 27-28 out of Coulee City Playland Resort on Banks Lake. Anglers will attempt to catch a smallmouth bass, a walleye and a rainbow

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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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