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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Baker Lake sockeye fishery a mixed bag of success, and the topic of a state meeting later today

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The Baker Lake sockeye fishery is having its ups and downs of late.

“Fishing has been kind of a mixed bag and guys have been catching fish, but some aren’t catching them too,” said Brett Barkdull, state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “The weather has been horrible, and we had lightning hitting the hills, which kind of tends to make people not want to fish. And we’ve also had some pretty windy days.”

“They are still trucking fish up to the lake from the trap, and we just put another 1,500 into the lake (on Sunday),” Barkdull said.

Through July 22, 9,133 sockeye have been transferred up to the lake with a total of 14,294 trapped.

Barkdull says there will be a conference call this afternoon to get an update on the run size and what state fisheries plans to do moving forward with the Baker Lake fishery.

“It looks like the run is coming in slightly above prediction, but not way up above prediction,” Barkdull said.

(Photo by Ron Judd, Seattle Times staff columnist)

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