Baker Lake in the Mt. Baker Ranger District

Sockeye Season Opens at Baker Lake July1

Sockeye Season Crowds Anglers at Baker Lake

Sockeye season opens July 1 and Forest Service staff are bracing for mobs of anglers who will flock to Baker Lake on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Fishing enthusiasts will be sharing the lake with swimmers, canoes and kayakers, while coexisting on shore with hikers, picnickers and campers. Throughout the season last year more than 4,000 trailers jammed parking lots and boat launches, as 9,300 fishermen tried their luck catching salmon. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is opening the season earlier than last year, and crowds are expected to be bigger than ever overlapping with Independence Day. Sockeye season closes Sept. 4.

The first three weeks of the fishing season are the busiest, according to Carol Gladsjo, public services manager for the forest. “Come during the week. Peak times are weekends, with 200-300 boats arriving in the early morning,” she said. All of the Forest Service boat ramps are within campgrounds. Gladsjo asks anglers to be considerate of the campers at sites surrounding the lake. People coming to fish arrive as early as 4:30 a.m. and campsite quiet hours don’t end until 8 a.m.

Parking is limited at four boat ramps along the lake: Kulshan Campground, Horseshoe Cove, Panorama Point and Swift Creek. Visitors can purchase day-use passes at the boat ramps for $5 per day or $30 for the season. Overnight fees are $9. Boat launching and parking at Shannon Creek Campground are reserved for registered campers. Staff from Hoodoo Recreation Services, Forest Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Whatcom County will be in the area to assist visitors.

For more information contact Mt. Baker Ranger District, 360-856-5700.
A map showing parking and guidelines is available online.
Camping is at Hoodoo Recreation.
Camping reservations at 877-444-6777.
Puget Sound Energy recreation facilities at 360-853-8341.
Fishing Regulations at 360-902-2500.

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Me says ... on Thursday, Jun 7 at 6:17 AM

We tried this last year or the year before.We decided thats a long long drive to "try" to catch a sockeye.

ste lee says ... on Wednesday, Jun 13 at 7:07 AM

fishermen the 2012 baker lake sockeye have started to show up in the skagit and a few in the baker river fishing in baker lake should be good around fuly 15 2012 see you up their in july

ste lee says ... on Tuesday, Jun 19 at 6:49 AM

july 18 2012 sockeye are in baker lake the boat is ready and the the red hooks are tied its baker lake sockeye july 1 2012

carri says ... on Saturday, Jul 21 at 3:37 PM

When does sockeye fishing open in lake washington?

ste lee says ... on Sunday, Aug 26 at 1:27 PM

bake sockeye fishing 2012 was on fire caught 120 sockeye for the 2012 season their still a very good bite going on at baker lake but the fish are turning color baker is the best fishing in washington state and will get better every year

ste lee says ... on Thursday, Sep 13 at 10:47 AM

big numbers on the spawning grounds on baker lake sockeye for 2012 this will be a record year 2013 will be better yet 90.000 are coming back see you next year at baker lake for the 2013 sockeye season

wario says ... on Sunday, Dec 9 at 10:31 PM

ste lee. u r very optimistic. the experts say we will be lucky to get the same numbers for 2013..not 90,000. maybe one year...but not 2013.

stee lee says ... on Thursday, Dec 27 at 3:31 PM

wario iam sorry about the 90.000 i heard for 2013 baker lake sockeye will have a run of 22.500 fish for 2013 their will only be about 6000 fish in the lake for us sportsman the tribes will get around 6000 and the rest go to the hatchery

ste lee says ... on Saturday, Mar 2 at 3:02 PM

not good news on the 2013 baker lake sockeye run the run is the same as 2010 their should not be a season on the skagit river for sockeye instead put the sockeye in lake and put a 2 fish a day limit in baker lake

ste lee says ... on Friday, Apr 26 at 1:19 PM

baker lake sockeye season opens july 10 2013 2 fish a day limit

ste lee says ... on Wednesday, Jun 5 at 5:38 PM

the 2013 baker lake sockeye watch started june 1 2013 on wdfw website get ready

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