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Name: BigWallysGS Date: February 22, 2015 Rating:
 
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The walleye bite remains very strong at Banks Lake. Fish are holding in 35-50 feet and are munching down on the Mack's Lure Spindrift Walleye Rig tipped with a whole crawler. Slow trolling with 2 ounce bottom bouncers has been the key. My speed has been .5-.8 mph.

I have several openings for the next few weekends and now is a great time for Banks walleye as well as Rufus Woods walleye.

I have also been getting some great rainbows at Rufus Woods so now is a great time for a combination trip.

Today the walleye on Banks were all in the 17-22 inch range, and we got some nice yellow perch to add to the bag.

Guided fishing for Walleye on Banks Lake, Moses Lake, Potholes Reservoir and Rufus Woods.
Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass on Banks Lake, Moses Lake, and Potholes Reservoir.Trophy class Triploid Trout on Rufus Woods.Rainbow Trout on Lake Roosevelt and Banks Lake.
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Name: BigWallysGS Date: February 15, 2015 Rating:
 
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The walleye bite was on today at Banks Lake. Caught numerous fish today ranging in size from 16-27 inches. Everything came on the new Mack's Lure SpinDrift Rig. This bait is far and away out fishing all other baits for me right now. The 9 keeper perch we kept today also came on the SpinDrift.

The walleye are in water depths of 35-50 feet and want a very slow presentation.

I have several openings during the next few weekends as I expect this fishery to continue strong.

Guided fishing for Walleye on Banks Lake, Moses Lake, Potholes Reservoir and Rufus Woods.
Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass on Banks Lake, Moses Lake, and Potholes Reservoir.Trophy class Triploid Trout on Rufus Woods.Rainbow Trout on Lake Roosevelt and Banks Lake.
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Name: BigWallysGS Date: February 07, 2015 Rating:
 
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First of all, its hard to believe I'm sending a report for Banks Lake on February 8th for walleye. The entire lake is ice free as of this weekend. The water temperatures are 38-39 degrees in the main lake.

Found a good number of walleye in the 16-20 inch range in water depths of 35-50 feet. Caught several fish vertical jigging blade baits, but I really wanted to put the new Mack's Lure SpinDrift Walleye Rig to the test. It did not disappoint. The combination of the Smile Blade, float, and VMC SpinDrift hook is going to be deadly on walleye. The built in swivel on the hook eliminates line twist and allows the hook to turn when fighting a fish.

My speed this weekend was slow, slow, slow. I found the best success to be .5-.8 mph. I was using a whole nightcrawler on the SpinDrift as I normally do not pinch my crawlers.

I have openings this month and early March if you're itching to get some early season walleye for the dinner table.

Guided fishing for Walleye on Banks Lake, Moses Lake, Potholes Reservoir and Rufus Woods.
Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass on Banks Lake, Moses Lake, and Potholes Reservoir.Trophy class Triploid Trout on Rufus Woods.Rainbow Trout on Lake Roosevelt and Banks Lake.
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Name: uplandsandpiper Date: December 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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This was my last big trip for the Cascadia Big Fishing Year, where I am attempting to catch/harvest as many species of fish/shellfish in OR/WA in 2014. My two target species for this trip were burbot and lake whitefish. I arrived at Banks late in the afternoon on Sunday afternoon as high winds whipped up the lake funneled by the coulee walls. I didn't want to fight the winds and cold in my kayak so I instead fished nightcrawlers and chunks of anchovy off the north dam on a sliding weight carolina rig. I really wanted to catch a burbot but after freezing my butt off on the dam for 4 hours I started packing it in hoping to go and catch the last half of the Sehawks/Cardinals game in front of the heater in my motel room. Just as I was about to leave line started slowing leaving my reel. I was fishing with circle hooks so I gently increased the drag and applied pressure to the fish. Suddenly the fish realized it was hooked and started fighting back. After a short fight in the dark I landed my first burbot for the year and my 83rd species for the year.

BTW: Burbot tastes awesome!!!

The next morning I scraped the ice off the kayak and launched out of Coulee Playland. I pedaled across to where the north canal feeds in to the lake and started jigging right off the bottom in 50' of water. My fishfinder was lit up with dozens of Lake Whitefish. I didn't have to wait long before hooking and landing my first whitefish and my 84th species for the year. I rapidly caught several more fish and then headed in to warm up. I put together a short video on this fishery with some underwater video. I even got incredibly luck and got video of an albinistic whitefish. It was a great trip and I hope to make it back to Banks Lake again in the future.

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Name: BassSlayer1981 Date: October 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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Caught lots of dink largemouth in the osbourne slough area on cranks and senkos. Of course the bigger fish have been deep for awhile but I love fishing the weed beds and reeds. Was a great fall day with lots of warm sun breaks and no major wind in the area I was fishing. Caught some perch and landed a nice rainbow trout on my texas rigged 5 inch senko which has never happend to me before on banks. Nothing huge but put up one hell of a fight. Good sign for trout fishing this winter and early spring on banks! Shows there already moving up into shallower water. Was gonna hit the punch bowl afterwards but the wind kicked up. Has been one mild October in the coulee. Things are changing quick as it looks like colder air and rain for the next week or so. Water level is still down around 3-4ft. All fish C&R.
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Name: wallmama Date: September 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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WT: 64-70 F, northern wind <= 5 mph, lake level was very low; 5-6 ft lower than full pool, water was stained, weeds are dying: cabbage are dead, Millfoil Ok,
Fished flats on north and middle section of the lake, bite was real good especially early in the morning and late at night, two of us probably caught 40+ fish, but only 5 legal size(literally 16"), no wall hanger, that is very discouraging, but fish fought good, we had fun. fished 10-23 FOW, best bite is 14-16 FOW, used plugs # 5, 7, 9 size, blue is best, trolled around 1.8 mph, also we found that spinner with BB still working very well, fire tiger all the way. I gutted fish, bait fish was about 2" long, not sure what kind. HOT day up in 90s.
wat puzzled me is that we did a see or catch a single perch! where did they go? If you know, you probably will catch the bigger Walleye. Anyone wants to chime in?
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Name: wallmama Date: September 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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WT: 64-70 F, northern wind <= 5 mph, lake level was very low; 5-6 ft lower than full pool, water was stained, weeds are dying: cabbage are dead, Millfoil Ok,
Fished flats on north and middle section of the lake, bite was real good especially early in the morning and late at night, two of us probably caught 40+ fish, but only 5 legal size(literally 16"), no wall hanger, that is very discouraging, but fish fought good, we had fun. fished 10-23 FOW, best bite is 14-16 FOW, used plugs # 5, 7, 9 size, blue is best, trolled around 1.8 mph, also we found that spinner with BB still working very well, fire tiger all the way. I gutted fish, bait fish was about 2" long, not sure what kind. HOT day up in 90s.
what puzzled me is that we did not a see or catch a single perch! where did they go? If you know, you probably will catch the bigger Walleye. Anyone wants to chime in?
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Name: BassSlayer1981 Date: September 16, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished the punch bowl at banks yesterday targeting bass. Caught lots of largies and smallies on plastics and cranks. Also caught lots of perch and walleye on my texas rigged lizards and senkos. The walleye surprised me as it doesn't happen very often when Iam bassin banks. Nothing of any real size in any of the fish but had a good time. Stuck to fishing the road bed and weed beds in the middle of the bowl for bass. Hit along hwy 155 for the smallies and thats where I ran into some walleye also. Water level is still down about 2 1/2 feet like it has been for a month which is normal for this time of year. All fish C&R.
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Name: Zagdogg007 Date: September 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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I was able to fish both the 11th and the 12th. We trolled walleye magic behind a bottom bouncer near the million dollar camp site and caught nonstop Walleye. 3 keepers. An 18", 19", and a good fighting 21.5" walleye. While trolling, I caught a nice 22" rainbow that fought like some of the Salmon I had just caught at the ocean. I am still thinking about what a great fight he gave me. Awesome! The next day we caught a 16.5" and 18" eye while catching a 18" rainbow. Crazy catching the rainbows where all te eyes are at. Also was able to catch a nice 18" small mouth right in the midst of the eyes as well. Cool to catch so many types of fish with one type of lure. The white seemed to be the hottest.
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Name: Red beard Date: September 10, 2014 Rating:
 
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Alright. First report in a while. Just returned from 5 months working in alaska, so straight to steamboat rock for the annual 10 day vacation with family and friends. Weather was great. Fishing was even better. We fished every morning. Its the same strategy every year... troll the weed beds in 12 - 16ft of water with rapalas. Our fish of choice is the SMB and we did get quite a few in the 9 - 12 inch range but only 3 caught over 14". The action of the week were the walleye, we caught countless.... the only problem, 1 in 20 were over the 16" mark. But no big deal. Next year they will all be grown up and legal to keep. Last saturday my cuz caught a nice surprise while casting on the rocks, a gorgeous 18" rainbow, which I have to add was probably the best trout I've ever tasted. Our biggest fish of the week was my sisters 20" bucket mouth, caught in the weeds next to the old road. We also landed one crappie and 3 catfish which were all released. Now that I'm back from work it's time to catch some salmon!
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