Homing reds and humpies fair game soon

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 5, 2013 

Within a seven-day span two freshwater options for salmon will open in Northwest Washington.

Baker River sockeye become the focus of angler attention Wednesday, July 10, but only in Baker Lake, the upper of two Puget Sound Energy reservoirs north of Concrete. And there won't be any other chances for reds in lakes or streams west of the Cascades, including the Skagit this year.

Then on Tuesday, July 16, Whatcom County anglers start their pursuit of Nooksack River pinks, the vanguard of what promises to be a prodigious overall return of Puget Sound odd-year humpies.

WILDFIRE SEASON ARRIVES

A burn ban took effect across Washington on all state-owned and managed timberlands Monday, July 1, and the state fish and wildlife department reports that several fires already have scorched portions of its holdings.

The most extensive was a blaze that blackened 2,500 acres of the Chief Joseph Wildlife Area in Southeast Washington.

Besides campfires and debris fires, setting off fireworks of any kind is now forbidden on state wildlife lands.

COMING SUNDAY

For more details about next week's Baker Lake sockeye fishery and the mid-July start of humpy fishing in the Nooksack plus more fishing and hunting news, read Sunday's Outdoors Column.

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