Fishing at Banks Lake, Washington
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.

PUBLIC ACCESS FACILITIES

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.

ACCESSING WASHINGTON'S OUTDOORS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

See the Washington State Parks website for handicap access to Washington's outdoors.

ANGLING OPPORTUNITIES

Smallmouth Bass and Walleye are the most popular species for fishing in Banks Lake. There is also a loyal following of anglers who fish for the reservoirs most numerous species, Lake Whitefish. Panfish, Rainbow Trout, and Kokanee can also be caught in Banks Lake. During most winters Banks Lake freezes over providing a popular ice fishery.

Black crappie
Bluegill
Burbot
Carp
Channel catfish
Kokanee
Largemouth bass
Yellow perch

PREDOMINANT FISH SPECIES

Kokanee
Lake Whitefish
Panfish
Rainbow Trout
Smallmouth Bass
Walleye

TIPS & TACTICS

Fish Washington! offers information to all levels of anglers. This website contains the when’s, where’s and how -to’s of fishing in Washington.

REGULATIONS & SEASONS

See the American Lake website of the Washington Dept. of Fishing and Wildlife (WDFW) for detailed information about the lake, including guidelines and regulations governing both lakes and land.




This information courtesy of the
Recreation.gov - Banks Lake, WA Aug-21-2014
Official Website of the Washington State Dept. of Fish & Wildlife - Banks Lake, WA Aug-22-2014
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