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Promoters of Wildlife & Environmental Resources (POWER) will disband

Grand Coulee

Date: 3/13/2019 10:18:00 AM

The fish pens will be removed from Banks Lake this spring, along with the log boom and the docks. WDFW (Washington State Dept. of Fish & Wildlife) will remove the fish pens and store in their facility

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$50,000 is swimming in Lake Pend Oreille

The Idaho Press-Tribune

Date: 3/13/2019 7:40:00 AM

If the great taste of a walleye fillet isn’t enough, anglers will now have added incentive to catch and keep walleye in Lake Pend Oreille and connected Idaho waters. Starting March 1, an experimental

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Alan Liere’s Fishing-Hunting report for March 7

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 3/6/2019 4:39:00 PM

Walleye are routinely caught this time of year in Lake Wallula and Lake Umatilla. Banks Lake whitefish anglers are having good luck hauling in the large lake variety of the species. A friend who fishe

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SEAWA a leader in greening local stream banks, lake shores

Medicine Hat News

Date: 3/1/2019 3:10:00 AM

SEAWA workers prepare planting holes before spring thaw. Marilou Montemayor and Maggie Romuld Special to the News People have always been attracted to stream banks and lake shores. While early

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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Feb. 28

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 2/27/2019 4:14:00 PM

Banks Lake is frozen clear across and ice anglers are catching big lake whitefish on the upper end. Stop by Coulee Playland for details. There have been a lot of changes in the Sport Fish Fishing rule

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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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