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.
Banks Lake is one of the waters on which we conduct our annual Fall Walleye Index Netting (FWIN) surveys. The FWIN methodology was developed in Ontario, Canada as a means of monitoring a wide variety of biological parameters in Walleye populations in a standardized fashion using gill nets. Following an October 2022 netting survey, WDFW has released 2023 Banks Lake Walleye Fishing Prospects.
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.
Two-pole fishing is allowed
Good for ice fishing
Shoreline access: Good - There are several places to fish along the easter shoreline of Banks Lake.
Species you might catch
- Black crappie
- Channel catfish
- Common carp
- Lake whitefish
- Largemouth bass
- Rainbow trout
- Smallmouth bass
- Yellow perch
Acreage: 26888.30 ac.
Elevation: 1574 ft.
Center: 47.85385, -119.171805
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Catchable fish plants
|Stock Date||Species||Number Released||Number of Fish Per Pound||Facility|
|Apr 16, 2008||Rainbow||1,001||2.7||COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY|
|Apr 19, 2007||Rainbow||1,000||2.5||COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY|
|Apr 17, 2006||Rainbow||50||0.33||COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY|
|Apr 18, 2005||Rainbow||47||0.18||COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY|
|Apr 12, 2002||Rainbow||20||0.22||COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY|
|Oct 27, 2001||Largemouth Bass||4||0||COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY|
|Oct 27, 2001||Largemouth Bass||200||0||COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY|
|Oct 27, 2001||Largemouth Bass||3,026||0||COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY|
|Apr 17, 2000||Rainbow||1,043||2.6||COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY|
|Apr 18, 1998||Rainbow||500||2||COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY|