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Name: callplatinum Date: March 29, 2015 Rating:
 
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I'd like to give it a higher rating. But part of me sez to give it a lower rating.

I fished from like 9:30am till nearly 4 pm.

I caught atleast 40 walleye. One I think I could have passed for 16. But it was so close depending on how I held it on the board I sent it back. Sharp contrast to fri and sat. Caught lots just shy of 16. But also caught some shorter than 14" unlike fri and sat.

No keepers.

I did have a great time fishing 2 poles. Constant actions with hits. Hook ups. I lost one very heavy fish. No clue.

I did come home with a doz perch. Biggest 13".

Fished and caught 25' - 55'.
Bouncers. Spinner worm set ups.
Thank god I was able to rig a pull start for my motor. I think I forgot to plug in my charger from the night before at the house. Had to fish the last few hrs with bow motor sucking power off the main motor at idle.

Fish checker at the dock told me come July they are changing the limit and slot on banks. 12" min. 8 fish limit. Hmmmm.

Also got word from him not a lot of keepers were coming in.


Fine day of fishing between gusts of wind.
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Name: callplatinum Date: March 28, 2015 Rating:
 
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Slept in and listen to the wind blow today. About 10am I figured I'd give it a try.

Launched at Steamboat, ran out to Barker Flats, way to windy. So I ducked back in behind Steamboat.
Picked up one perch.

The wind calmed and I hit some of the same water I fished yesterday. 35-40' same way points. Picked up another perch, and a few hits.

Ran into 30' water and picked up a fish, then nothing again. trolled out into 50' and started getting hits.

Sadly as a boated a near double the winds came racing in.

Met up with 2 nice Wardens at the ramp, they checked out my 16"1/4 closely. No need to lay tape to my 5 pound Walleye as I only had 2, but it did exceed the 22" slot.
I was happy with the day other than the wind. The bite seemed to be turning on as the wind did.

I was using worm, spinner and 2 ounce walker. Trolled around 1 MPH give or take with the wind.

I'm new to targeting Walleye, so todays fish was my biggest. Yesterday I got my 1st Burbot. So the weekend is a screaming success.

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Name: callplatinum Date: March 27, 2015 Rating:
 
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I gave this trip a 5 because it was truly a blast.

Dumped the boat into bank at the mid lake launch, not an easy task, water is way down! But it's only a 17.5 boat so no problem.

Ran up the lake and casted for SM for a bit. I'm sure a bit early yet, water was 45ish.

Ran up to Barker Flats, dropped my walleye gear and in 5 mins I had a 17" keeper. In the next 10 mins I boated 2 more just under 16" and lost one at the net I'm sure was over 16 but they always look bigger when the hook pops out.

From then till 6:45 I released about a dozen undersized, lost a very heavy fish I suspect might have been a burbot. Because later I landed a nice burbot that fought and felt about the same.

Boated 2 perch.

I'd had hopped for a few others to be over 16, but for the time I put in I was very pleased.

Oh, it was not till trolling for Walleye for over an hr I realized, why do I only have one rod down. that just increased the action.

I was pulling spinners with worm on bouncers. Trolling about 1-1.2 mph in 30-45 water.

Going out again tomorrow.
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Name: BassSlayer1981 Date: March 25, 2015 Rating:
 
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Caught a couple largemouth on banks in my inflatable around osbourne slough area. Did not have a lot of time to fish. All fish where caught on a perch color Strike King KVD jerk bait. Fished very slow. Weather was cloudy and rainy. Don't have a water temp but guessing in the high 40s. Fish where caught off the edge of the reeds with steep drop offs. Next week the bass fishing should be better with sunny sky's and air temps 65-70 range. Also fished for crappie with no luck. All fish C&R. thanks
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Name: Oceanlord26 Date: March 16, 2015 Rating:
 
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Just got back from another three day trip to Banks Lake. It's unfortunate but my wife has volunteered all the fish for Sunday dinner.
Great trip, slow at times and frustrating at others. Went to Banks because the docks weren't in at Potholes. Bottom line, the fishing was fun, the fish not huge but keepers and eaters and I didn't know that Burbot haunted the lake but its on the menu for Sunday dinner. A couple of big fish that swam away nicely - as it should be. Heard about some huge fish being caught at the "hump" on blades, but all I caught was the Burbot on a rigged nightcrawler.
Let's get into particulars. I think I have financially supported Mack's Lures with whatever was recommended to catch fish. Of all the stuff I purchased, the Chartruese color of smile blade, clipped off and replaced with a #1 Slow Death Hook rigged with a nightcrawler seemed to do the trick. Trolled on the electric at 0.7 mph. There was not any crank bait bite whatsoever. I had everything rigged but the fish were just too scattered for jigging, crankbaiting, or dropshotting. I'm probably just not holding my jaw correctly so I resorted to trolling and drinking coffee. There are obviously better fishermen in this world than myself - at least that's what they espouse.
On the advice of a local - whom I knew of some 40 years ago across the hanger, was believe it or not, a Chartruese Spin n' Glo with Mylar blades. That's all this gentleman uses and he catches some serious fish. It just works! Could have saved a couple of hundred dollars if I would have just looked in my tackle boxes ... the price per ounce of fish continues to climb. He actually chased me down, pulled me over just to tell me about fishing the hump. How much nicer can one be.
Rigging ..... switched to 20 lb braided line with a flouro leader with 2 oz bottom bouncers. Lighter weight bouncers just wouldn't contact the bottom at 0.7 so I went heavy. Used both the bottom bouncer and bullet weight just to see if it made a difference - none noted. Green Smile blades with slow death hook and the Spin N Glo with the slow death hook - three days of fishing and limits each day. That and I can't even begin to tell you how many throw backs and pesky little perch. Used the Gulp nightcrawler and it worked surprisingly well - one rod with Gulp and one rod with 'crawlers. It was the "Great Experiment". Depth ... looked at 30' and nothing, looked at 50' and nothing - between 35' and 45' at 0.7 mph on the electric motor was where I caught fish. Water temperature was 44-45.6 degrees. Fished Barker Flats north and south and out to the Hump - must have 300 GPS waypoints logged. Smooth flat water, not exactly prime Walleye conditions but definitely comfortable. 0700 to 1700 - no night fishing - that place gets black in a hurry.
I know Walleye move around but it seems as if the more north side of Barker Flats was better. Can't tell you why. I was prepared to go anywhere on the lake to catch fish. I was going to fish until the fuel ran out or the batteries! Would like to fish the north part of the lake but just didn't get around to it. Maybe next time.
There you have it - it always bothers me when fishermen are lock jawed about what they use, how they use it - its just fishing. We should all share our tackle, rigging, experiences and both unsuccessful and those awesome days when we just can't do anything wrong (haven't had any of those yet).
I'll probably hit Banks again in a couple of weeks - provided I can get a "Fishing Pass" from my wife!
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Name: Oceanlord26 Date: March 09, 2015 Rating:
 
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Day two for this trip. Fished Barker Flats along with five other boats - 40- 50 ft with Mack's Smile blade and worms with the Slow Death Hook behind 1.5oz bottom bouncers. Boated the limit but missed one huge "eye" - she released just at the boat - would have liked to have gotten the picture but better off she stayed in the water. Would have released her in any case. Great day - weather moving in tomorrow so best be getting home. Coeur D'Alene pike and salmon await. May come back here in a few weeks and try again at the flats. Great campground - launch is good but a bit shallow. Can't argue with the fishing - enough for a couple of dinners on any case. All trolling done on the electric - 0.5 - 0.8 - nice and quiet. Caught a bunch of perch in the process - 8-10" and just pestered me to no end. Not enough meat to fillet so just let them swim off. All in all this has been a good trip though it short by incoming weather - will be back soon.
Played with a number of different options and seeking out these walleye. Seems like the smile blade in the slow death hook with the worm worked the best. Fell for some of the marketing hype around the Berkley gulp baits and when compared natural bait they didn't work at all. Identical rigs just different baits and the worms always were hit. Never a tap on the artificial bait. Probably something I'm doing wrong but it was fun to try and test the marketing hype. Probably spent too much money on the artificial baits but hopefully they'll keep forever. Can always try them on other fish as well.
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Name: Oceanlord26 Date: March 09, 2015 Rating:
 
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Great day on the water. The docks are in at Steamboat, so launching is not a problem. All the walleye were caught between 40 and 45 feet. Used a Mack's Lure chartreuse blade with a slow death hook at .5 mph. The fishing isn't awe inspiring but it is consistent. You really can't argue with a limit of walleye put in the freezer. Perch continue to be just a pain, little worm grabbers.
Should be here for a few days and I'll update the report as necessary. The weather is supposed to move in Wednesday Thursday so that should be interesting as far as watching the walleye and where they go.
Spent most of the day at Barker flats, will probably go there in the morning and then proceed down lake from there.
Last thing, All the trolling was done on the electric motor.
Have a great day fishing.
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Name: uppercolumbiaguide Date: March 08, 2015 Rating:
 
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We fished Banks lake this past Sunday and found some great success. We targeted water that was 40 to 50 feet deep. The surface temp was 43 tp 44 degrees. Our best crawler harness patterns were gold in a smile blade or brass spinner blades. Our best trolling speed was .9 to 1.1 mph. We had to go through alot of 13 to 15 inch fish to find keepers. The fish are starting to head into spawning phase with this early spring weather but there was still plenty of big keepers around we just had to be patient. When we found fish they were very concentrated so there were lots more fish with them. The fish are extremely specific on where they are moving to and sitting right because of spawn.
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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.

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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.

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