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Baker Lake

Rating - Fair   

Monday, Oct 10 2022
Six miles northeast of Concrete. Open to fishing from the 4th Saturday in April to October 31. Fishing in this Baker River reservoir can be excellent for kokanee in April, May, and June and again in the fall. There is a six-inch minimum, 18-inch maximum size limit on trout and kokanee. Baker Lake is closed to the taking of bull trout/Dolly Varden. Min. size 18". Daily limit 2 sockeye. Release al salmon other than sockeye. The 2022 season runs July 9 through August 31. As with any type of fishing, and especially with salmon, keep an eye on regulations for emergency changes. The lake is best-known for its kokanee, a landlocked form of sockeye salmon. True river-run sockeyes are occasionally available as well, depending on the season. These days Baker Lake is one of the very best (and for many, also the closest) sockeye salmon fishing destinations in Washington. As of 7/23/2022 current anglers are stating that they are having great success using Big Dodgers Slim Blad or Double D Dodgers, with a bend to make a whip. This is a highly popular destination, so expect crowded campgrounds, boat launches, and lots of boats on the water.Popular techniques for catching Baker Lake sockeye salmon include trolling, both with the use of downriggers or without. The fish can usually be found from as deep as 70 feet up to the surface, with the depth often depending on light conditions and time of day.Popular lures for catching Baker Lake sockeye are a bare red/pink hook or trimmed pink hootchie, trolling .6 1.0 mph, behind a chrome or pearl (0/0 to 0) dodger with a 8 14 leader. Downrigger works best, 35 50 feet deep, otherwise a 6 or 8oz sinker 25 to 35 strips down (60-80 feet of line). Early morning and late evening are the most productive times.. Salmon are being caught on Baker Lake by deep-water trolling at 35-45', either with downriggers or without, travelling at approx 1. The depth of the fish depends on the lighting conditions and time of day. One of the most productive baits so far this season is red Coon Shrimp and Live Sand Shrimp. Anglers are bringing in 5-10 lb Sockeye Salmon. Chumming is allowed on Baker Lake, and this method is often used to attract fish in a particular area.

About

This was a natural lake until a dam was built in 1959, creating the present 4,799-acre reservoir. Anglers should note the regulations regarding bull trout and Dolly Varden in this lake since they change often.

Kokanee, sockeye salmon, mountain whitefish, and rainbow trout are all available with most fishermen working for kokanee.

The lake is fed by the Baker River and the inflow often has heavy pressure.

The lake is closed during the winter months, opening each year from the fourth Saturday in April until Halloween.



Techniques & Tips

Trolling at low speed is the preferred method for kokanee. They are aggressive, territorial fish, but they move often, sometimes multiple times during the day so a fish finder is a great idea on your boat. When you do find them, they are often at depth, so downriggers are a good device to use. Lures with a side-to-side action are good as are big blade spinners that create sonic vibrations like larger Panther Martin lures.

Rainbow trout can be caught with the traditional methods of matching the hatch with dry flies on a fly rod or spinning reel with a clear bubble and light, fluorocarbon leader. Trout will also hit on nightcrawlers, leeches, and bright spoons and spinners.






Monday, Oct 10 2022



GPS

GPS: 48.7223° N, 121.6359° W

Access Info

Lots of shoreline access, boat generally necessary to access trout and kokanee

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Baker Lake


Rating - Fair

Six miles northeast of Concrete. Open to fishing from the 4th Saturday in April to October 31. Fishing in this Baker River reservoir can be excellent for kokanee in April, May, and June and again in the fall. There is a six-inch minimum, 18-inch maximum size limit on trout and kokanee. Baker Lake is closed to the taking of bull trout/Dolly Varden. Min. size 18". Daily limit 2 sockeye. Release al salmon other than sockeye. The 2022 season runs July 9 through August 31. As with any type of fishing, and especially with salmon, keep an eye on regulations for emergency changes. The lake is best-known for its kokanee, a landlocked form of sockeye salmon. True river-run sockeyes are occasionally available as well, depending on the season. These days Baker Lake is one of the very best (and for many, also the closest) sockeye salmon fishing destinations in Washington. As of 7/23/2022 current anglers are stating that they are having great success using Big Dodgers Slim Blad or Double D Dodgers, with a bend to make a whip. This is a highly popular destination, so expect crowded campgrounds, boat launches, and lots of boats on the water.Popular techniques for catching Baker Lake sockeye salmon include trolling, both with the use of downriggers or without. The fish can usually be found from as deep as 70 feet up to the surface, with the depth often depending on light conditions and time of day.Popular lures for catching Baker Lake sockeye are a bare red/pink hook or trimmed pink hootchie, trolling .6 1.0 mph, behind a chrome or pearl (0/0 to 0) dodger with a 8 14 leader. Downrigger works best, 35 50 feet deep, otherwise a 6 or 8oz sinker 25 to 35 strips down (60-80 feet of line). Early morning and late evening are the most productive times.. Salmon are being caught on Baker Lake by deep-water trolling at 35-45', either with downriggers or without, travelling at approx 1. The depth of the fish depends on the lighting conditions and time of day. One of the most productive baits so far this season is red Coon Shrimp and Live Sand Shrimp. Anglers are bringing in 5-10 lb Sockeye Salmon. Chumming is allowed on Baker Lake, and this method is often used to attract fish in a particular area.

About

This was a natural lake until a dam was built in 1959, creating the present 4,799-acre reservoir. Anglers should note the regulations regarding bull trout and Dolly Varden in this lake since they change often.

Kokanee, sockeye salmon, mountain whitefish, and rainbow trout are all available with most fishermen working for kokanee.

The lake is fed by the Baker River and the inflow often has heavy pressure.

The lake is closed during the winter months, opening each year from the fourth Saturday in April until Halloween.



Techniques & Tips

Trolling at low speed is the preferred method for kokanee. They are aggressive, territorial fish, but they move often, sometimes multiple times during the day so a fish finder is a great idea on your boat. When you do find them, they are often at depth, so downriggers are a good device to use. Lures with a side-to-side action are good as are big blade spinners that create sonic vibrations like larger Panther Martin lures.

Rainbow trout can be caught with the traditional methods of matching the hatch with dry flies on a fly rod or spinning reel with a clear bubble and light, fluorocarbon leader. Trout will also hit on nightcrawlers, leeches, and bright spoons and spinners.


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