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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Baker Lake sockeye fishery should take off this week

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The Baker Lake sockeye fishery has been open since July 1 and fishing was really spotty, but that is all about to change in the coming days ahead.

State Fish and Wildlife has now transferred 2,965 up into the lake, which should boost fishing action this week.

So far, 5,587 have entered the fish trap on the Baker River.

The pink mini hootchie squid seems to be one of the go-to things to use, and some will catch them on kokanee gear or Smile Blades with a couple of red beads down on a leader then baited the hooked with a piece of pink dyed shrimp.

The traditional two bare 2/0, 3/0 or 4/0 red, blue, pink or black hooks on a short 9- to 12-inch leader trailed behind a 0-size chrome dodger also works and has caught its fair share of fish.

The preferred depth is usually 30 to 45 feet, and to your boat troll very SLOWLY.

(Photo by Ron Judd, Seattle Times columnist)

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