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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 24, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Baker Lake sockeye opener was crowded with anglers

The Baker Lake sockeye fishery opened Saturday, July 23 with plenty of angler pressure and fairly good action.

“It was a fiasco, and there was fish caught although not everyone got fish,” said Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

Best spots were off Noisy Creek and in the middle parts of the lake.

Barkdull says it was about half-a-fish per person catch average.

Like last year some anglers got limits (three fish per angler daily) or two fish per boat while many others came back with nothing.

More than 8,700 sockeye have been trucked into the lake.

Sockeye return rates were very good late this week with 1,700 coming back on Wednesday, 1,700 on Thursday and more than 800 on Friday.

Then it fell off the board with only 48 counted by Saturday.

“We’re not sure why the counts were so low,” Barkdull said.

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