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Banks Lake
Photo of Banks Lake

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. Smallmouth Bass and Walleye are the most popular species.  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. 

A cooperative net pen rearing project between WDFW and the local communities releases several hundred thousand Rainbow Trout.  These releases have improved the trout fishery in Banks Lake significantly.

Banks Lake can be fished year-round and is a great vacation destination.   

 


Fishing Prospects Calendar

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Lake WhitefishExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - 1st half of monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All month
Rainbow troutFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All month
Smallmouth bassNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
WalleyeNo OpportunityNo OpportunityGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
LEGEND
Fishing Expectation

Excellent

Excellent Good Good Fair Fair Poor Poor
Type of Opportunity Full Month Full month 1st half of month only 1st half only 2nd half of month only 2nd half only No opportunity No opportunity

Species you might catch

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

Lake Information

Grant County
Lake Acreage: 26,888.3
Elevation: 1,574 feet
Eastside Washington

Lake Management Type
Mixed species - Warmwater emphasis

Sport Fishing Regulations & Seasons

Emergency Rule Updates
Fishing closures and openings happen constantly throughout the year. The E-Rules keep you up-to-date.


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Two-Pole Fishing Allowed

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Fish Plants & Stocking Reports