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Sockeye Drives Fishermen to Baker Lake

Sockeye Run Drives Fishermen to Baker Lake

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife could open Sockeye season in July, and with record numbers predicted this year, fishing enthusiasts will be flocking to Baker Lake on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest .

While anglers contemplate between using the little pink plastic squids with flashers or traditional lures, Forest Service staff is scrambling to accommodate 100 or more anglers with boats and trailers in an already packed recreation area. Fishermen will be sharing the lake with swimmers, canoes and kayakers, while coexisting with hikers, picnickers and campers at nine campgrounds with multiple sites.

All of the Forest Service boat ramps are adjacent to campgrounds. “Anglers may arrive as early as 4:30 a.m. in the morning, but day-use hours don’t start until 8 a.m. We ask anglers to please be considerate of other forest users,” said Carol Gladsjo, public services manager for the forest.

Parking is limited. Day parking is available at four boat ramps along the lake: Kulshan Campground, Horseshoe Cove, Panorama Point and Swift Creek. Visitors can purchase parking permits at the boat ramps for $5 per day. Overnight parking permits are $8 at Horseshoe Cove and Panorama Point campgrounds and $9 at Swift Creek Campground. No other parking passes are honored. Boat launching and parking at Shannon Creek Campground are reserved for registered campers and those with car-top boats. Gladsjo advises anglers to consider visiting during the week when use is not as high.

Staff from Hoodoo Recreation Services, Forest Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Whatcom County will be in the area to assist visitors.

A map showing parking and guidelines is available at

For more information contact the following:
Mt. Baker Ranger District, 360-856-5700,
Camping at Hoodoo Recreation,,
Camping reservations at or 877-444-6777,
Puget Sound Energy recreation facilities, 360-853-8341.

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ste lee says ... on Tuesday, Jun 28 at 7:42 PM

their will be a season 500 fish back june 28 its bigger than 2010 get ready

ste lee says ... on Monday, Jan 16 at 7:46 PM

geady ready for the 2012 baker lake sockeye season its a huge run

ste lee says ... on Wednesday, Feb 29 at 3:39 PM

35. 400 forcast for 2012 baker lake sockeye we have a season fishermen get ready

Will says ... on Saturday, Mar 31 at 9:43 PM

I fished last year for the sockeye.It was so mush fun,I went with my Dad he is 83years old, he said these were the biggest fish he had ever caught out of a lake, or fresh water, you know what I meen.2012 will have more fish!!

ste lee says ... on Sunday, Apr 8 at 7:15 PM

you bet will we have a baker lake sockeye season starting july 1 2012 also a skagit river sockeye season the middle of june till the middle of july their could be 75.000 fish this year baker sockeye is the best fishing in our state get ready good luc

ste lee says ... on Monday, Apr 23 at 4:27 PM

you bet will get ready the skagit river will open in june and baker lake will open july 1 but it wont be good till july 15 try coon shrimp

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