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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Baker Lake sockeye fishing drops off, but should pick up again

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The Baker Lake sockeye fishery has slowed down after being good early last week.

“We’ve updated the run size to 42,400 fish at this point for Baker,” said Brett Barkdull, a biologist with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. “The run was coming in a little stronger than what we predicted.”

Through July 29, 14,557 sockeye have been transferred up to the lake with a total of 20,652 trapped.

“Fishing has sort of been a mixed bag and the last couple of days it has been getting slower, and I wouldn’t say it has been red hot,” Barkdull said. “People are having trouble finding the fish and they seem to be scattered around a bit. The weather has also played into the slower fishing and I think the fish don’t like the pressure changes we’ve been having.”

Barkdull says because the run size has been updated and the state has put many fish into the lake, the next batch of fish will be taken by the tribes for “CNS” purposes.

“It will be a few more days before more fish are brought up to the lake,” Barkdull said. “We’ve met broodstock for this week, and next week there won’t be many needed so we’ll put more into the lake then. From here on out we’ll be splitting the fish between us and the tribes.”

(Photo courtesy of Ron Judd, Seattle Times staff columnist)

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