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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

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      Water Temp: 58

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Weather: Partly Cloudy
      Lake Level: 1536\Best Depths: 2-10
      Soft plastics around cover, reaction baits on flats, jigs on deeper docks
      Big Bass: 2-1005/02/2015 - largemouth - 7.92
      Events: 3rd Annual Long Lake Classic, hosted by The Spokane Bass Club

      Tips: The largemouth restriction was removed for 2015 by the State of Washington. Anglers could bring in 5 largemouth and many did that. There were many nice smallmouth weighed in too. The first place finishers had (5) largemouth on Day 1 with 29.05-pounds, including that big fish of the tournament at 7.92-pounds.

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

    • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Got my tournament partner Mike Wolsky out of his duck boat and into my XT 18 aluminum, along with another good friend Zach Chandler. Before this day started I knew this was gonna be a great day on the water having a couple great friends jump in the boat you know there was some wager put on the line.....This day was " whoever catches the Least number of trout buys fish tacos!"

      We started our day dodging through fog banks making our way up the eastside of the lake. Zach has brought a giant duffel bag full of God knows what, and 3 rods , Wolsky has brought 2 spinning rods 1 baitcaster, and a small speed bag. Wolsky cracks me up, I look at his rods and he has the same hooks leaders and baits on them since the last time we fished way back at the NW Bass championship on Banks lake, to me I wasn't surprised It just makes me laugh, this is why he is so good he is 110% fishing and when he is not its 110% effort towards hunting, as the seasons turn on and off so does his switch, pretty unbelievable really. Zach on the other hand, is well organized ready to go everything in its place and a place for everything, I have never seen a tackle bag so organized, pretty sweet!

      So we get to our first place we want to try Zach and I quickly get to fishing as Wolsky dumps out his speed bag full of loose football heads and random bags of plastics on the front deck of my boat and the circus has now begun this day is gonna be full of laughs and nonsense.
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      I get ahead of the game first on my first drop I get a trout, I plan on someone else buying my fish tacos!
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      As the morning goes on we hit a school of fish and catch them really well, we had two doubles, and many bites but most of them are all cookie cutter fish but still fun!
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      The fog finally breaks and we get to run around the lake trying to find some larger fish, I finally get one that I would guess at 4 pounds + that ate my anchor bait of my tandem rig, A dyed up gulp goby.
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      We then hit a few other spots with more cookie cutters here and there and a couple a bit above average, the larger ones seem to be eating the anchor bait.
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      I then catch my 2 nd trout a beautiful 24" cutthroat trout.
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      At this time the taco bet has me in the lead with 2 trout Wolsky in 2nd with 1 and Chandler last with 0 but at this time Chandler fishing off the back deck is kicking our butt on the number of bass he has caught.

      As the day runs down the boat has 18 bass that has came to the boat and we want to get over 20 so we run back down the lake toward the ramp. We had about 20 minutes left to fish we had to be off the water at 3.

      We quickly caught up 3 more fish topped off With Chandler landing a really nice fish probably super close a 4 pounder if not 4, it ate his suspended bait on his tandem rig, which happened to be a gulp leech.
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      What a great winter day on the water! The boat caught a total 23 smallmouth bass and 5 Trout, Wolsky and I all tied up on the amount of Bass and trout we caught which was 6 and 2 a piece. Chandler only caught 1 trout! So he owes tacos! You can do the math he caught 11 bass off the back deck...... but this day they did not pay!

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

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      Water Temp: 66

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Weather: Clear and Sunny
      Lake Level: 1565\Best Depths: Shallow to deep, depending on species sought.
      Wacky rigged dropshot and hula grubs for smallmouth bass. Topwater and swimbaits for early morning largemouth bass.
      Big Bass: Shallow to deep, depending on species sought.09/20/2014
      Several 4lb+ smallmouth and largemouth
      Events: Coulee Playland resort has a tackle store and tent/RV camping facilities which is located on the North end of the lake.\Pricing Specials/Open Dates: RV and camping rates are under Fall pricing, so it's cheaper in comparison to Summer rates.

      Tips: Smallmouth are increasingly moving, so prepare to "spot jump". Cover water to find actively feeding fish.

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

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      Water Temp: Variable, high

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Weather: Sunny, clear skies
      Lake Level: 1,536 ft (full pool)\Best Depths: Early morning, focus on shallow flats or shallow docks. When the sun rises, target breaks near deeper docks or points with large rock boulders
      Dropshot undoubtedly catches numbers, but jigs and larger worms tend to pull quality sized fish. A 4.5-inch Roboworm or minnow imitation in watermelon is best producing color.
      Big Bass: Early morning, focus on shallow flats or shallow docks. When the sun rises, target breaks near deeper docks or points with large rock boulders09/07/2014 - Largemouth - 28.06
      Several 5-6 pound largemouth and 3-4 pound smallmouth

      Tips: Tony McCalmant and Jason Blankenship weighed in a 28.06-pound bag of largemouth on Long Lake during the 2014 Buchanen Bass Battle, giving the Idaho Panhandle Bass Anglers the win for 2014.

Monday, August 15th, 2011

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      Water Temp: hot

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Its a public lake and anyone can use it at anytime they want to, if you don't want to wait to launch your boat then don't GO!!!!!!!
      City: seattle

      Tips: Get to the launch early!!!!

Monday, August 31st, 2009

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      Water Temp: 73 degrees

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Caught numerous perch using salt and pepper 5" Grub rigged texas style with bullet sinker. Switched to a 4" weighted White swim shad to target smallies. Had a couple followers one of notable size est. 3-4lb + ...
      City: Kirkland, wa

      Tips: Saw most fish off of the northwest point outside of Meydenbauer Bay holding large smallmouth. Notably under the first large overhanging willow over the water. Monsters holding relatively shallow. Good luck.

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

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      Water Temp: 65

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Spent some time diving in the lake to see where most bass were holding and what types of bass were located where/how deep/in what structure.
      City: Mercer Island, wa

      Tips: Noted Numerous smallmount 3lb.+ around pilings in about 25 ft. of water @ Luther Burbank Park. Also, it is important to note that most were holding near 20ft. of water at the end of Jutting structures at the edge of the weed line. Hope this helps.

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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      Water Temp: 71

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Cranks and drop shot topwaters in morning cuaght 16 biggest about 3 and half give r take fog lifted about ten o clock

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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      Water Temp: 81

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I wish I could say the fishing was as hot as the day was but it was tuff. Just 2 fish for my client. One on topwater in the am and one on a Carolina rigged Robo worm. I had some fish on with the drop-shot and the C rig but that was it. Graphed a lot of bait but no bass lurking in the shadows. Stayed on the main body for most of the day. Went up the south fork but could not find any thing on the graph. We did graph fish in the areas we fished but could not get them to go. Dog day's of summer are hear.
      City: Sacramento

      Tips: If I had to fish this lake I would stay with the drop-shot or C rig. Good Luck!

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

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      Water Temp: Unkown

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Went out for three hours landed a 3lbs L.M. Weather, sunny with a little breeze and some scatter gray cloud. Air temp in the high 40's.
      City: Bellingham, WA

      Tips: Terrell has lots of vegetation. Right now the lilly are starting to grow. Taget the lilly that is starting to grow. Spinner bait can be use now. When vegetation start to get thick target pad and grass and flip any dark color jigs or plastic.

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

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      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Found some largemouth in the canals. Caught 3 all about 15 inches. Fishing Senkos and a Slugo. There did not appear to be too many fish, saw no small ones. Locals blame grass carp and spraying to get rid of milfoil.
      City: Bend

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

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      Water Temp: 65*F

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: clear warm waters, after bass, caught 3 near dropoff off of statepark. largest was about 3, all smallies. saw about 4 lb largemouth taken in the boat next to us.
      City: issaquah

      Tips: fishing natural color crankbaits with rattle, or live worms.

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

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      Water Temp: 50-59

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: banks lake jamboree update
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      hi i just got home from the 37 annual banks lake jamboree i caught a lot of under size smallmouth and a my first ever walleye on day 1 on day 2 i caught 2 keepers that weighed 2.47 i fished out of the devils punch bowl on day 1 on day 1 i caught all of my fish on a gary yam 3 in. grub tail in the green pumpkin color

      on day 2 i caught 2 keepers that weighed 2.47 on day 2 i caught all of my fish on a iorn giant wiggler 5in. green pumpkin w/ red flake on a jighead wackey style
      barkers flats on day 2

      day 3 i did not fish

      my club i finished in 149 place and my club sound family bass anglers finished in 14 place

      day 2 i caught all of my fish on a iorn giant wiggler 5in.
      green pumpkin on a jighead wackey style
      City: ELectric city

      Tips: buy iorn giant baits wigglers and fish them wacky style

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

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      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Caught Fish On Just About Everything I Threw,Stay Over Shad Balls If You Find Them,Spoons,Cranks,Blades,Small Swimbait,and Topwater. Spook Catching Big Fish
      City: Redding

      Tips: Steep Stuff After Morning Bite.

Friday, August 24th, 2007

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      Water Temp: Armando Snyder

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

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Thursday, July 12th, 2007

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      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: I am going this weekend. Gonna try some new techniques. I have had varied sucess in the past. Largest caught was 4lb. Largemouth in May w/ floating 3" Rapala. Hoping for better results this time around. I am bringing a buddy along for his first Bass fishing excursion and I thought Bank Lake would be the perfect destination.
      City: Seattle

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

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      Water Temp: HOT

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: I JUST WANT TO CLEAR UP THE USE OF CRICKETS ON SHASTA LAKE. THEY WERE OUTLAWED YEARS AGO BUT ARE LEGAL TO USE NOW. I NEED TO TAKE MY OWN ADVICE AND CHECK REGS MORE OFTEN. GENE
      City: ANDERSON

Monday, June 25th, 2007

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      Water Temp: HOT

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: JASON, THE LAST I REMEMBER ITS AGAINST THE LAW TO USE CRICKETS ON SHASTA LAKE. YOU CAN USE THEM ON TRINITY LAKE BUT NOT SHASTA, UNLESS THE HAVE CHANGED THE REGS. JUST A HEADS UP SO YOU WONT GET A HEFTY FINE NEXT TIME YOU FISH SHASTA.
      City: ANDERSON

      Tips: CHECK REGS BEFORE FISHING ANY LAKE OR RIVER.

Friday, April 6th, 2007

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      Water Temp: 57

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Yesterday was the best day we ever had on Holy Moses. The rocks are ok but find the grass and fish it with spinnerbaits, single blade with dark colors about 5 feet deep. we caught 43 bass in 7 hours. The largest was 7 lbs 6 oz. eight of our fish were between 4 and 5 pounds, two were between 5 and 6 pounds, Almost all were over 2 pounds and many were over 3 pounds. One secret is to spray those baits with a scent oil. we tried several types and they all worked better than untreated lures.
      City: fircrest

      Tips: Get out at first light, the fishing was hottest early in the day petering off towards afternoon. Fish the weed beds. Use your sonar.

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      Water Temp: 59

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: this day was the best, we got at least 25 bass over 2 lbs and 6 of these were over 4 lbs. I got the big hawg of the day and released her unharmed ,she weighed 7 lbs-5 oz. documented by a digital scale made by shimano. A new scale that afterwards we weighd a 1 kilo weight and it was dead on at 2lbs 3.2oz.
      City: fircrest

      Tips: we used bagleys balsa bees in blue and chartruese along with a few other bright colors, fishing around structure 3-6 feet deep.