Outdoors Blog

Sockeye arriving Baker Lake opening less than two days away

The emerging Baker Lake sockeye fishery starts just after midnight the morning of Thursday, July 10 and already, as of Monday, July 7, 335 adult reds have splashed down in the lake.

WDFW reports that a total of 1,757 of the more than 35,300 fish expected in this year's run have arrived ay Puget Sound Energy's Baker system fish trap facility at Concrete.

Personal use anglers get to take home three adult sockeye 18-inches or longer and they may 'party' fish _ everyone may deploy gear until all anglers have limited. A freshwater fishing license and free catch record card (for salmon) are required at Baker to retain the adult reds. Also, anglers with a two-pole endorsement may fish two rods at a time for their one daily limit.

The Forest Service reports all concessionaire-operated fee campgrounds and the free disbersed campsites around the lake are open.

Boat launches are available at West Pass Dam (PSE), Horseshoe Cove, Panorama Point and Swift Creek Campground. Another launch up-lake at Shannon Point Campground is only available to campers there who pay the fee. Day use parking fees may be charged at other  campgrounds and day-visiting anglers may not be able to launch before 8 a.m.

Motor vehicles are not allowed off driven roads onto any exposed portions of the lake bottom. There are county set and enforced no shooting zones at the south end of the lake.

The adult sockeye fishery runs through Sept. 7 while the trout (gamefish) season goes through the end of October.