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Name: BigWallysGS Date: July 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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Smallmouth fishing has been off the charts on Banks Lake! Today we had ideal conditions for a top water bite. Clouds, a little rain, calm water, and the smallmouth did not disappoint. We caught fish on poppers and Zara Spooks until 1 PM today. Caught and released approximately 20 smallmouth at the 3 pound range with many others in the 2 pound range. We also were able to get a very good bite throwing a Yo-Zuri Rattling Vibe.

The water level at Banks is at full pool which has pushed the fish back shallow (2-6 feet). The south end of Banks Lake is where we have been doing the most damage recently.

On another note, the walleye bite at the south end has also been quite good. Walleye are being taken around Goose Island in water depths ranging from 16-30 feet. Spinner rigs as well as trolling crankbaits like Berkley Flicker Shad have been the ticket.

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: BassSlayer1981 Date: July 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished banks all week long. Got up at 3:30am each morning and fished before the coulee heat wave hit during mid morning. Air temps where in the mid to late 90s all week. Got lots of fish on top water mice and frogs. Also threw some senkos and some 10 inch Strike King thumper worms. The bite was off the hook! Water is very warm and still a couple inches below full pool. Caught all size of bass with the biggest around 5lb. All fish C&R.
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Name: davesturkey Date: July 04, 2014 Rating:
 
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The small mouth bite was on EARLY. Crank-baiting over rocky bottom in the 3-15 foot depths. Caught about 15 small-mouth and one nice 5 lb walleye.
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Name: BassSlayer1981 Date: June 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished the punch bowl at banks yesterday. Fishing was good. The largemouth are really spooked so good thing i was fishing from my raft so I didn't make a lot of noise running up on them. Fish are way up in the reeds so if your not using a heavy line, good luck! Caught lots on my top water snake by Bog Baits. And used a bright color stick bait in 5 inch and 7 inch most of the time. Hooked all sizes of largies but nothing over 5 pounds. Saw a couple other people out there in there fancy bass boats fishing so fast and catching nothing, then blasting out of the punch bowl. I think they have more money than brains. Water level is inches away from full pool. Weather was hot n sunny with a little breeze.
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Name: BigWallysGS Date: June 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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Walleye fishing on Banks Lake has been hot and cold. One day its limits of 17-24 inch fish, then the next day its a couple of keepers and a bunch of undersized fish. The bigger walleye have really been on the move. They will hold up in an area for maybe a couple of days then they will move and you have to find them again.

They were loaded up at Poplar Point over the weekend, but have now moved on as an example.

Macks Lures Smile Blade/Slow Death hook, Wally Pops, and the Double Whammy Walleye Series have all been very productive.

Key areas have been Poplar Point, the face of Steamboat Rock, Rose Bush, and areas around Goose Island at the south end.

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: esew Date: June 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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Spent the weekend on Banks Lake looking for the famed walleye bite and we were not disappointed. We trolled the area around Steamboat Rock State Park using bottom walkers and night crawlers. I had read the reports at Big Wally's that the walleye were biting but persistence was needed to get into the keeper fish. Lots of undersized fish were caught by us and the other boats around us (a keeper in Banks as in most of Washington is 16" or larger, 5 fish total with one over 23" allowed per day). We started getting into the keeper fish around noon and were hammering them for a couple of hours. Once we hooked up with a double and we both pulled in nice fish (a 21" and a 24"). around 2:00 we were getting low on worms and decided to run to Coulee Playland once we ran out, right then I hit a big fish. He fought like a salmon and stripped line once he saw the boat. I actually horsed him a bit but was very lucky my hook held. Once we saw him rise out of the depths we were awestruck. This was the biggest walleye either of us had ever seen and when we took him to shore that evening, people were coming down from their camps to see the monster. We took home about 8 keepers all weekend and caught 15 or so more that we had to throw back.
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Name: BigWallysGS Date: June 18, 2014 Rating:
 
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The smallmouth bass fishing on Banks Lake continues to be outstanding. The smallmouth continue to located in shallow rocky flats and can be found from Steamboat Rock all the way down south to Coulee City.

Weather conditions have dictated the techniques for smallmouth fishing. When windy, my key with my clients has been to have them toss crankbaits such as a Bomber 7A and burn it quickly causing it to deflect off rocks and create reaction strikes. When we have had calm conditions, we have been getting the smallies with Carolina Rigged lizards, tube baits, as well as on the Optimum Baits Baby Line Thru Swimbait.

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: June 16, 2014 Rating:
 
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Walleye fishing on Banks Lake has been very consistent over the past week for walleye in the 17-23 inch range. Technique is all dependent on the weather conditions. If it is windy, we have been smashing them by pulling crankbaits such as the Berkley Flicker Shad or a Rapala Jointed Shad Rap. If we are having calm, no wind, conditions then it has been a bottom bouncer coupled with a Macks Lures Bait. I have been running Macks Double Whammy Walleye Series as well as the Smile Blade/Slow Death Hook combination. Colors have varied but the chartreuse, purple, and motor oil colored Smile Blades have been the most consistent.

Keeper walleye are now spread all over Banks, but they have been very mobile and are changing locations day to day. Key depths have been as shallow as 10 feet, while other fish are coming in depths of 20-25 feet.

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: KMC Date: June 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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We fished Banks for walleye the 13th-15th and landed six keepers, four of which were over 20" with the biggest being 27". Saturday was the best day getting the 27, a 25, and an 18 and losing four more that probably went 20" plus. It was our first time really targeting walleye and after reading some good books and the reports on this site we were pretty excited to do that well. All were caught on bottom bouncers with worm harness, smileblade/slowdeath, and a double whammy in 18-25 fow trolling between .6-1 mph. We also picked up three smallmouth 14-17" and one carp about 12lbs. Oh yeah we were at steam boat. Thanks for all the previous reports that helped make our trip memorable.
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Name: ilv2fish Date: June 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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Haven't done a post in awhile due to computer issues and watching our grandson's play ball! Me and the Mrs. thought we'd pick some lakes this year that we haven't fished yet, hit curlew a couple of weeks ago and Banks today. Wasn't too sure about the weather heading over but turned out to be a great day, but very windy! What beautiful lake and surrounding views! Launched at Steamboat State park around noon, headed south mainly fishing the southern part of the Devils Punch bowl. Took us a little bit to locate the bass but once we did, and established a pattern we boated about 15 fish in a few hours of fishing. We found most of them on the edges of the tall green cat tail grass, and a couple in the reed grass that is most prominent along the edges and points. Most caught on a Zoom 8" black grape lizard rigged Texas style with no weight. All went in the 2.5-3lb range with a few dink smallies and one pike minnow. I lost a huge lmb at the side of the boat that busted my 15lb power pro line! URGGG! Was great to have our younger son with us today, he finally nailed a few too!
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