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Friday, February 27, 2015
By Dave Graybill
If I was going to be in the area and not at the Outdoor Expo in Tri-Cities I would be headed for Banks Lake to do some walleye fishing. I spent the day there on Monday and had a great time. I was with Austin Moser, Austin’s Northwest Adventures, his friend Nate Stull and my friend Mike McKee. We ran from the Northrup launch over to Barker Flats and started trolling in about 35 feet of water. McKee got a nice walleye just over 20 inches right off the bat. He was trolling a gold and black squidder baited with a night crawler and this worked for him all day long. We tried different rigs throughout the day and found the Slow Death hooks with a green Smile Blade and crawler very attractive to the fish. We were very busy, landing close to 30 walleye, but keepers were hard to find. It seemed every fish we caught was 15 ½ or 15 ¾ inches. We did wind up with three legal fish by the end of the day. A big surprise right at the end was Stull landing a 5-pound burbot. The walleye are biting at Banks and with some looking you may find a school of keeper sized fish.