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

July 16, 2010

Baker Lake opens to sockeye fishing

Action: Open Baker Lake to the retention of sockeye

Effective dates: July 22, 2010 until further notice

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Location: Baker Lake, upstream of the log boom barrier in front of upper Baker Dam to the mouth of the Baker River.

Reasons for action: The return of Baker Lake sockeye is larger than the pre-season forecast. Both hatchery and natural escapement goals have been met and surplus sockeye salmon are available for harvest.

Other information: Daily limit is two adult sockeye salmon greater than 18 inches in length. Kokanee/sockeye less than18 inches in length are kokanee while those 18 inches and larger are adult sockeye. Release all other salmon.

Freshwater fishing rules apply. These rules include the requirement that fishers have a current freshwater or combination license and catches must be immediately recorded on their Sport Catch Record Card. A Saltwater fishing license is not valid in Baker Lake. The Catch Record Card Code for Baker Lake is 825.

All other fishing regulations remain in effect as listed in the 2010/2011 Fishing in Washington, sport fishing rules pamphlet. Anglers are reminded to release all bull trout.

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull, 360-466-4345 x 270, barkdbcb@dfw.wa.gov

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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