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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, bluegill, yellow perch and kokanee at Banks Lake in Washington.

Banks Lake, WA

Loaded with walleye and smallmouth bass, Banks Lake is a favorite of local anglers all year long. When winters are cold enough the lake freezes offering ice-fishing opportunities. In addition to smallmouth and walleye the lake has populations of crappie, catfish, trout, perch, kokanee and bluegill.

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Banks Lake in Washington is a renowned fishing destination, offering anglers an exceptional experience in a stunning natural setting. The lake is home to a wide range of popular fish species, making it a prime spot for fishing enthusiasts. Anglers can target species such as walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, and yellow perch. Whether you're an avid bass angler or enjoy the challenge of reeling in walleye, Banks Lake provides diverse opportunities for successful and rewarding fishing trips.

Banks Lake in Washington is a paradise for fishing, boating, and camping enthusiasts. With its diverse fish species, excellent boating opportunities, and nearby camping options, the lake provides a well-rounded outdoor experience. Whether you're casting a line for walleye, exploring the tranquil waters by boat, or spending the night under the stars at a campground, Banks Lake offers abundant recreational opportunities for visitors to enjoy the natural beauty, catch some impressive fish, and create lasting memories.

With 26,900 surface acres and 91 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of places to wet a line. Located in central Washington, at Coulee City, the elevation is 1,570 ft above sea level. There are several public access areas for fishing from the bank. Boat launch ramps, campgrounds, RV parks, rental kayaks, canoes and boats, restaurants and stores are at, or nearby, the lake to compliment your stay for a quick fishing trip or an extended vacation.

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Primary fish species residing in Banks Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Bluegill Yellow Perch Kokanee salmon

Banks Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a favorite activity at Banks Lake, allowing visitors to explore the expansive waters and access prime fishing locations. The lake permits both motorized and non-motorized boats, providing anglers with a range of options. From speedboats to kayaks, boaters can navigate the lake's calm waters, explore secluded coves, and find the perfect spots to cast their lines. The picturesque surroundings and serene atmosphere enhance the boating experience at Banks Lake.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Barker Flats Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Barker Canyon NE Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Coulee City Boat Launch
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off I-2, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Million Dollar South Public Access Boat Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Coulee Blvd, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Northup Canyon Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Coulee Blvd, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Osborn Bay Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Coulee Blvd, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Steamboat Rock Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Steamboat Rock Park Entrance Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Coulee Playland RV Park - 509 633-2671

Camping is available at several campgrounds situated along the shores of Banks Lake, offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the beauty of the area. The campgrounds provide a range of amenities, including campsites, picnic areas, and facilities for a comfortable camping experience. Camping near Banks Lake allows anglers to enjoy extended fishing trips, relax in nature, and take advantage of the convenient access to the lake's prime fishing spots.

King's Court RV Park - 509 633-3655

Banks Lake Lodge & RV Park - 509 632-5596

Banks Lake WA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Banks Lake
Banks Lake Lodge & RV Park
109 N 6th St
Coulee City, WA 99115
509 632-5596


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Banks Lake in Washington.

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Banks Lake provides anglers to opportunity to fish for bass, walleye, crappie, catfish, trout, perch, kokanee and bluegill in central Washington.

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