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Alan Liere’s fish and game report for March 23

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 3/22/2017 6:23:00 PM

Walleye anglers anxious to test the bite at Banks Lake are now able to launch. Use caution, however, as some log booms have broken loose and are floating about. Up north, the ice fishing is over on Curlew Lake. A good 8 inches of ice remain, but it is

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Falling in grace

The Star

Date: 3/22/2017 10:29:00 AM

A man climbs through the rock and mist to get a closer look at Martin Falls near the Devil's Punchbowl on Banks Lake Thursday. The runoff from the spring melt has produced several waterfalls in the Grand Coulee this month

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Ferndale angler to compete for national bass fishing title

Bellingham Herald

Date: 3/21/2017 2:42:00 PM

Krumdiak, a member of Whatcom County’s Borderline Bassin’ Contenders, won four of six tournaments in 2016, earning him a spot in the Regional TBF Championship at Banks Lake. Krumdiak won that two-day tournament, qualifying him for the national

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Field reports: Field Reports: Cascades grizzly plan comment period extended

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 3/19/2017 9:41:00 AM

Argonne St. The program will be presented by Ross Outdoor Adventures, which offers warmwater fishing guide service for Potholes Reservoir, Moses Lake, Banks Lake and Lake Roosevelt. CAMPING – Some national forests are taking applications for volunteer

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Banks Lake Preserve

The Nature Conservancy

Date: 3/18/2017 1:09:39 PM

Outside of big reservoirs, you’re not likely to see open bodies of water in the lower coastal plain of Georgia, so Banks Lake makes an immediate impression. Seen from its northern edge, it’s a dramatic expanse of water with scattered groups of pond

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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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