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Impressive Chasetown FC net twice to secure away win at Basford United

Lichfield Live

Date: 8/29/2016 3:23:00 PM

Chasetown: Bateman, Curley, Wood, Slater, Ashman, Dance, Rooney, Langston (Brown, 86 mins), Piggon (Kiembi, 75 mins), Sullivan (Wynter, 51 mins), Ruff. Subs not used: Banks, Lake-Gaskin

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A record bass and wolves get attention

The Dispatch

Date: 8/29/2016 1:06:00 PM

The fish weighed 12.52 pounds and measured 23 inches long, with a girth of 22.5 inches. The previous record was set by Carl Pruitt in 1977 at Banks Lake with a fish weighed 11.57 pounds, nearly one pound less. Evans said as soon as he set the hook

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Banks Lake the place to go for late-summer smallmouth bass fishing

The Seattle Times

Date: 8/26/2016 1:47:00 PM

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler: This is prime time to be fishing crank baits on Banks Lake. I was new to this style of fishing for walleye just a couple of years ago, but

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Alan Liere’s fish and game report for Aug. 25

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 8/24/2016 6:15:00 PM

That, and the fact that clipped hatchery fish are now showing, bodes well for another kokanee bonanza next year. Banks Lake walleye of 15-18 inches are hitting the standard spinner/Slow Death setups on a bottom bouncer in 20-30 feet of water, but the bite

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Little Big Man: The Mikey Schaefer Profile

Date: 8/24/2016 1:38:00 PM

As an ill-equipped ice climber, Mikey led a 60-foot pitch of wet ice at Banks Lake in eastern Washington, running out the easy climbing to the anchor. At the top of the route, he wrapped his arm around a nine-foot-tall tree. Though the tree appeared

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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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