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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 4, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Banks Lake still cranking out smallmouth and largemouth bass

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler:

I got a great report from a friend of mine, Dave Massey, on Banks Lake. He is a member of the Central Washington Bass Club, and I joined him on his boat during one of their club tournaments on Moses Lake. He two of his fishing buddies had a very good day of fishing on Banks. They caught and released close to 50 bass.

There was a mix of smallmouth and largemouth and many were in the 2- to 3-pound class. They were fishing crank baits and jerk baits on the back side of Steamboat Rock, in Devil’s Lake and in the Punch Bowl.

Massey stressed that catch and release is the way to go as the fish are very concentrated in the low water and easier than normal to find and catch. He also cautions anglers that make the run from Coulee Playland, the only functioning launch on Banks, down to Northrup.

There is plenty of water in the channel, but you may have trouble finding it the first time. A good GPS unit is very helpful in locating it and making the run back much easier.

It’s a great time to be on Banks for tremendous bass fishing and for scouting areas that will be good when the lake is back to full pool.

For details or to get Graybill’s weekly report visit Dave Graybill’s website.

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