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Body of Kitsap County man found in Banks Lake

Grand Coulee

Date: 5/24/2018 2:07:00 PM

Near ELECTRIC CITY—Grant County deputies on Wednesday morning recovered the body of a man from the waters of Banks Lake south of Electric City, the sheriff's office said in an advisory. Deputies were called around 7:30 a.m. after a boater discovered the

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Grant County deputies recover body from Banks Lake

KXLY 4 News

Date: 5/24/2018 9:22:00 AM

ELECTRIC CITY, Wash. - On the morning of Wednesday, May 23, Grant County Sheriff's Deputies recovered the body of a man from the waters of Banks Lake, north of Coulee City. Deputies were called to the area around 7:30 a.m. when a boater discovered the body

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Grant Co. Sheriff's Office: Boaters find body in Banks Lake, foul play not expected


Date: 5/24/2018 9:15:00 AM

GRANT COUNTY, Wash.—The body of a Kitsap County man was found by boaters in Banks Lake Wednesday. Grant County Sheriff’s Office officials said they did not expect foul play after the body of 72-year-old Garlan Crosswhite was found on the shoreline

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Phillips: Three-day weekend a great time to fish

Yakima Herald-Republic

Date: 5/24/2018 12:20:00 AM

Warmwater fishing has been picking up in different spots around Eastern Washington. Anglers fishing Moses Lake and Banks Lake are reporting good catches of walleye. And if the Columbia will ever drop and clear a bit, the walleye fishing around Crow Butte

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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for May 24

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 5/23/2018 5:40:00 PM

They were throwing tube jigs against the shoreline. At Banks Lake, walleye fishing has been slow. Some anglers are convinced the bite will never pick up this year because so many fish were taken last year. If it doesn’t improve by the first week in June

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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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