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Name: uppercolumbiaguide Date: May 23, 2015 Rating:
 
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Went to check out Banks Lake with my now Fiancé! Well, there are TONS of small walleye and medium sized perch to keep you busy and steal tons of worms! Found the nice keeper Walleye in 15 to 25 feet of water on Mack's Lure Slowdeath Rigs and Mack's Lure Spindrift Walleye rigs. Trolling 1.0mph to 1.2mph. Have to really weed through the small guys to find the big ones, but if you find big ones there are more around so concentrate in that area! The fishing is going to really pick up this next week with the hot weather!

We have openings coming up in June and a few openings in July! Call and book a trip now!



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Name: Larry3215 Date: May 18, 2015 Rating:
 
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Spent most of last week at Banks targeting walleye and bass and hoping for some , whitefish and burbot. Banks is full to the brim and they are still pumping in lots of water. Water temps at the north end were in the low to mid 50's. At the south end they were in the hi 50's with an occasional 60 in shallow water.

I saw no sign of bass beds anywhere we looked.

We did see about a million carp having wild sex in the shallows though.

When we checked in with the folks at Coolie Playland last Monday, they said bass and walleye fishing was off the charts everywhere. You couldnt put a line in the water without catching monster fish.

Well, not so much.

We fished the north end, all around Steamboat rock, barker flats, Osborne Bay, many of the smaller bays all over, the million dollar mile area and the south end of the lake. Lots of dinks - walleye and bass - but keepers were few and far between. It was the same for everyone we talked to every where we went. Very few keepers of anything. Actually, we didnt even catch as many dinks this year as last.

The lake was beautiful as always and the weather was great, so we still had a good time.

Oh, we did catch out first white fish while trolling for walleye on the south end of Steamboat Rock. It was just under 3# and put up a nice fight. We all liked the mild flavor and it wasnt boney at all. Over all a good fish species to target.

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Name: lsnelso2 Date: April 25, 2015 Rating:
 
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Had a great weekend fishing Banks. Caught a few but had to work pretty hard to find them, I think the cold front that rolled through over the weekend slowed the bite down a little bit. I was able to catch a very nice Smallmouth and a VERY healthy Walleye. We targeted the smallmouth on the old road beds and flats, surprisingly it was a slow at these locations as I thought the pre-spawn was going to be hot, I think the fish wen t back to deeper water because of the cold front. The few that we caught were in 10-20ft of water, water temp varied from 50-53, most were found just of rock faces. They were hitting on bright green, crawdad pattern crankbaits, and a few hits on some smoke colored grubs. The walleye hit in 15ft of water on a brown/cinnamon grub, thought it was a monster smallmouth because I got him on the old road beds. Definitely surprised but not disappointed :). All in all it was a great weekend on the water! The bite should be on and fishing should be hot this week and next with the warmer weather coming in!

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Name: BigWallysGS Date: April 10, 2015 Rating:
 
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Not only are the walleye cooking on Banks but so are the smallmouth bass. The smallmouth are currently relating to water depths of 3-10 feet and are clobbering crankbaits. Today we hit numerous smallies on crawdad patterned Berkley Flicker Shads, Bomber 7As, as well as Live Target Cranks.

Target flats that have scattered boulders for great success. Today I fished from the Million Dollar Mile north to Electric City and found smallmouth in each area that had scattered boulders in water depths of 3-10 feet.

The fish are in pre-spawn mode and will continue to feed heavily before the spawn comes in about a month.

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: April 09, 2015 Rating:
 
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This report is for Thursday, April 9th. The walleye bite is strong right now on Banks Lake. But wow the fish are spread out and are in various depths. Yesterday we caught walleye in depths as deep as 45 feet and as shallow as 13 feet. The walleye are in various stages of the spawn, some done, some spawning, some still pre-spawn.

If you are planning a trip soon to Banks, I can't stress enough the importance of hitting multiple spots. Don't get stuck in one area, unless of course you're on them! If you are around fish they are eating. I see many boats fishing around Barker Flats, and there are still some fish there, but many of those fish have moved out of there.

Mack's Lure Smile Blade/Slow death hook combinations have been the ticket for me. Color wise? Chartreuse, greens, golds, and purples have all been effective. I'm using a whole nightcrawler and trolling at speeds of .6-.8 mph.

The fish have been running 16"-24" inches primarily, with a few fish up to 8 pounds and of course some undersized walleye as well.

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: callplatinum Date: April 05, 2015 Rating:
 
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Got to rate it for what it is... I'm perfectly happy with my little trip.

No time this weekend to fish, had lots of chores. But managed a couple of hrs Sunday afternoon. Put in at Coulee City about 3:30.

Put the boat in at Coulee City.

Tried around goose island, nothing., tried 50-20 FOW. nothing.

Moved up the lake to the flat before the million dollar mile. 40 FOW, bang. I was certain at hook up I had a keeper. But then again you can't be to sure what you are pulling from the bottom of banks lake.


Only hit. Only fish. 19" keeper walleye.. ( replaced the one i cooked for my girlfriend over the weekend. )

I'd like to give a shout out and props to Big Wallys Guide Service. I love his reports, he really seems to like to share the details to the big fish. This said after I reviewed years past reports. I've burned a few of those reports to memory I will pull out later this fishing season. Thank you!

I can't really tell you much more about my trip. Dumb luck, dumb male took my worm and purple spinner, streamers all gone from the beating the undersized fish gave it last weekend. ( ok a few keepers ) Trolled around 1mph wind was mostly dead.

Saw a few schools on the bottom, but I don't trust my fish finder for much more than depth.

I feel good.. just a couple of hours of fishing on my new lic and one in the freezer.

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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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