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Water Resources Outlook (August 2019)


Date: 8/23/2019

Water Resources Outlook (August

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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for August 15

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 8/14/2019 5:15:00 PM

Fish the rocks. There was a report of a 6-pound walleye caught last week underneath the bridge at Usk. Banks Lake walleye action has ranged from dismal to good. The big hump in the middle just to the

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Minneapolis Park Board pushes forward to rename streets around Bde Maka Ska

MPR News

Date: 8/8/2019 3:26:00 AM

Supporters of the name change also say Bde Maka Ska honors indigenous people; the words mean White Banks Lake in the Dakota language. In recent years, three governmental bodies signed off on changing

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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for August 1

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 7/31/2019 5:05:00 PM

The Powderhorn Bay area has been good. Walleye fishermen haven’t had much luck at Banks Lake recently, but say there are so many small perch it is nearly impossible to keep a worm on. The main lake on

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Sewage sludge threatens water supplies

Florida Today

Date: 7/29/2019 1:27:00 PM

Ron DeSantis to take steps to stop sewage sludge from polluting the St. Johns River. Foam laps up recently along the banks Lake Poinsett, an outcropping of the St. Johns River. Some fear sewage sludge

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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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