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Friday, December 5, 2008
By Dave Graybill
Banks Lake is famous for fishing. Anglers travel from far away to sample the walleye and bass fishing here. One of the biggest walleye tournaments in the state takes place here every spring. From early spring through the fall anglers chase these prized fish all over the reservoir. To bass anglers it is Mecca. Largemouth bass fishing is on the rebound and there are so many smallmouth in the lake that there is a bonus limit on the smaller fish. There are bass tournaments on Banks almost every weekend from April through the Freeze out in October. You can catch them year-round, and it’s a ton of fun. The perch fishing is getting attention again, and many anglers chase perch schools while fishing for walleye and bass, and in the winter they fish the marina at the sound end, even through the ice. The one species that seems to get overlooked is the rainbow. There are really good numbers of rainbow in the lake, and late fall and winter are very good times to get them. Trollers work the Million Dollar Mile stretch, and shore anglers cast from the banks near or inside the marina. Many of the trout go well over 20 inches, and they are very, very good tablefare.