Banks Lake

#1
For all you warmwater junkies out there. Banks lake fishing should be the best in thirty odd years this summer. They are planning to draw down the lake thirty feet to work on the dam at the south end of the lake. I was too young to remember, but old timers say the last time they did that it made hundreds of small lakes, trapping mutiple species in these ponds. The fishing was off the charts.
 

alpinetrout

Banned or Parked
#3
Predicted elevations down from full pool:

By August 15: 1563.0 or 7.0 feet down
By August 31: 1556.4 or 13.6 feet down
By September 30: 1543.3 or 26.7 feet down
By October 31 : 1540.0 or 30.0 feet down
 
#7
I spent alot of time growing up in coulee city, and thats is where my dad was raised.

this should be cool. I remember stories about when they first filled it, and the RATTLESNAKE INVASION
 
#9
I'm wondering about the boat ramps and whether this might cut down on the number of trailered boats on the lake. Might be a cartoppers delight!
 
#10
float tube. i know where i will be camping/rock climbing late sep/early oct.

mybe a great chance to have a gathering?

I know some nice places to camp out there and there is gonna be epic fishing if it is really 30ft lower. ALOT of the lake will go away.
 

ak_powder_monkey

Proud to Be Alaskan
#12
note to self... visit washington this fall...

is Banks the one rocky ford flows into? with the drawdown it could make some interesting lower RF brown fishing no?
 
#13
note to self... visit washington this fall...

is Banks the one rocky ford flows into? with the drawdown it could make some interesting lower RF brown fishing no?
No. Banks is north of Rocky Ford above Dry Falls, etc. It's formed by water pumped up from Lake Roosevelt and its outflow irrigates NCW.
 

Jay Burman

Fly Fisher, Bon Vivant, Layabout.
#15
Just a thought, but will this drawdown negetively impact the the lower lakes? Dry Falls Lenore etc? Any thoughts or observations?