Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

June 18, 2021

Baker Lake to open for sockeye

Action: Open Baker Lake to fishing for and retaining sockeye salmon

Effective date: July 10, 2021 until further notice

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Location: Baker Lake (Whatcom Co): Catch record card code: 825

Rule: Daily limit 1 sockeye only. Min. size 18".

Anglers may fish with two poles with the purchase of a Two-Pole Endorsement.

Each angler aboard a vessel may deploy salmon angling gear until the daily salmon limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.

Reason for action: The 2021 sockeye preseason forecast indicates sufficient returns to allow for a harvest season.

Additional information: This fishery may close on short notice if preliminary fishery monitoring data suggests the sport fishery is reaching the harvest limit. The harvest limit may increase, or decrease, with in-season run size forecast updates from test fisheries and trap counts. As of June 17, 2021, the state harvest limit is 1,068 sockeye.

Anglers should regularly check the WDFW Emergency Rule Updates and News webpage and consider signing up for emailed regulation updates and rule change notifications, for the latest information. The webpages can be found at https: //fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/, and https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/lists.

Information contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, 425-775-1311

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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