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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 3, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Baker Lake sockeye return is now officially a record run

This summer’s Baker Lake sockeye return is now the largest on record, and while the run has peaked the fishing remains decent.

“We’ve got a new record sockeye return, and more than 24,201 (through Sunday) have entered the fish trap,” Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist said.

The previous high was 20,235 in 2003. More than 15,915 have been trucked to the lake.

“They’re doing really well, and the last few days the checks have showed it was a little over a fish per person,” Barkdull said.

“People have finally figured out where the fish are in the lake, and half the trick was finding them.”

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