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Name: Bow_Slayer Date: July 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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Great day fishing with my Dad and his cousin. We fished shannon creek side all morning. We had 6 in the boat with only 1 lost by 8am. Pink squid hoochies 2-hook 12" back from 0-size chrome dodgers with a bit of "fresh" shrimp. Most productive depth was 40 feet. Caught a couple on the long line most caught on rigger. We should have had our limit by 9am but they kept jumping high for my Dad and he lost 3 more. Headed back to the resort at 10 am with a full stringer. Last fish was exactly 7# on the scale, decent buck. 7/9 were hens today. All bucks yesterday. Weird. Tight lines!
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Name: beeman Date: July 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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We left Everett at 3am and headed to the lake, first time fishing this lake for both myself and fishing buddy. We had the boat in the water at the Shannon creek ramp by 5.30am and things were looking good. Quite a few boats already out so off we go, tried all the usual offerings but no luck and no take downs, we may have been going a little fast as the motor did not want to run at the lowest throttle setting. We saw a few fish caught throughout the morning but no huge bite judging by the numbers we saw being boated.
We did both manage to hook a small Kokanee, a first for me and they were both released.
By 10.30 the weather was starting to move in so we decided to call it a day, a beautiful location to fish and I will be going back, just need to dial in on those fish.
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Name: Bow_Slayer Date: July 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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On the lake by 530 at the resort launch. Fished with my dad and uncle on Shannon creek side from 545-9 with only 2 in the boat. Trolled to noisy creek side with everyone else and got a little more action. Headed back to the launch at 11 with 4 sockeye and 4 kokes in the boat. I only caught one fish late in the morning, but it was a wrily 7.5 lb buck. While reeling the sucker wrapped up in one of the other rigs and we had to cut the other line loose (didn't lose it) so I could keep playing the fish. While my Pops put the net down to help with the tangle, the net slipped into the trolling motor prop! Got that out safe too and the fish in the boat but it was pandemonium in the boat for 5 minutes. Haha that fish was double hooked in the nose he had no chance of coming loose no matter how hard we tried to botch it! Fished pink squid hoochies behind chrome and mylar dodgers at 30-45 feet.
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Name: DjButler Date: July 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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This morning was just an outstanding morning of fishing. I was blessed with the oppritunity to fish for Baker Lake Sockeye which happened to be my first time ever. My intial plan was to wake up at 3 am so I could be at the lake around 5am coming from Lynnwood. Little did I know my alarm was not turned on so I ended up leaving the house around 6:30. I finally got to Shannon Creek campground and launched my pontoon around 8:30am. This is where the story begins..

I see the flock of boats piled on the opposite side of the launch so I tried my best to stay clear. The middle of the lake was wide open for me which was perfect so I could get some practice in. I had been watching the youtube video Gary posted from Shatsta Tackle and saw his success with the wiggle hoochie so I threw on my hot pink one and tipped the top hook with a sandshrimp tail. I was using the 8 inch Luhr Jensen dodger to go with it. I also added krill scent to my hoochie skirt. I dont have electronics so I just figured because I got a late start I would troll deep starting at 35 feet. 5 mins into my troll my rod dances and I am way to excited and yanked to hard and missed the fish. I rebait and set my line back down and this time it took 2 mins and my first Sockeye was hooked and boated! Adrenaline rushing I rebait again, punch my card, and back at it. I lose 2 more fish in a 20 min window. I re-evaluated what was going on and I figured I would wait longer for the fish to take the bait and hook itself. That did the trick!

I get another hard strike and this time let the fish take it. I noticed it was fighting harder than the first one so I played it till it came belly first to the surface and netted a nice buck. In 1 hour of fishing I am 2/5 and catching a limit looks promising. Once more I rebait the line set it down to 35 and BAM the biggest strike of the day. As I am reeling in this fish I feel my line go slack and suddenly it goes air born and takes a massive run and then......... SNAP. Instantly I remember what Mike was talking about in his report about checking your knots... should have known that 12lb test wouldnt hold up after 2 fish. Oh well. I had one other 8 Inch dodger that I brout along but it was a hammered chrome one. I set that up with another wiggle hoochie and guess what? I get snagged and lost that dodger too. Time to pack it up and head out and I am actually glad I did as the winds picked up and started to create some small whitecaps which doesnt pair well with my pontoon.

An absolutely amazing first day of Sockeye fishing and I am truly thankful that we have such prestine nature here in the PNW. Met a few new anglers out there that were very nice. Shared some stories and good laughs. I will definately be back out there soon! Tight Lines to you all and safe travels!

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Name: Mike Carey Date: July 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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JoAnn and I had the day off and my original idea was to run over to Lake Wenatchee to get in on the sockeye fishery, but Hwy 2 is still closed so Back to Baker We Go (it’s a nice back-up plan…)

We arrived Sunday evening and trolled for about an hour and a half but no success. I’ve caught a sockeye on Baker once in the late afternoon so now I just have to try every time. Anyway, we retired to our anchorage and enjoyed a good movie and then off to bed for O’Dark 4am.

Woke up to cloudy skies and motored to the NW shoreline. For some reason, it seemed like everyone was fishing the NE, Noisy Creek side. I have no problem with that I said to JoAnn and ran our standard sockeye gear down to various depths of 45, 35, 30, and 25. I noted with anticipation that there are a lot more marks on the fishfinder, which only makes sense – last week we were fishing over 386 fish in the lake, now it’s over 5,600, Happy Days indeed!

The first two hours were totally dead. No bites, and only saw one caught on this side. Lots of marks so I figured maybe the sockeye slept in. BTW, I ran into a couple WA’Lakers today. We always enjoy getting the Shout Out and saying “Hi”. Anyway, 7am our deep starboard rod goes off and I grab the rod. It’s a real pig of a fish and takes multiple jumps and runs. I play him out but unfortunately as he is getting close to the net he takes one more run and pulls out the hooks. Dang! He was a brute, definitely one of those 8-9 pound fish we are all looking for. Gear back in the water and a few minutes later the 30 foot rod goes off. JoAnn takes control of this fish and soon we have our first chrome in the boat. We get another bite but lost this fish as well.

Things quiet down at this point and I start heading out to my favorite and most productive location on the lake. At 9am begins the start of an Epic Bite which includes a couple doubles and a whole lot of fish.

All rods were firing off, all depths were hitting. From 25 ft down to 55 ft. But the best depth was the 35 ft range. We run a variety of dodgers/sling blades and different variations of pink-ish rigs, some with smile blades, some with wiggle fins, some with nothing but hooks, but all with a piece of shrimp. And a little “something extra” mixed in.

The Bite ended at 10am, but only because we hit our limits – actually our last fish was part of a double so JoAnn got to play a bonus fish. I made sure the fish was well-played so as to be able to bring him to the side of the boat and unhook him with using the net. The fish swam off to be hopefully caught by another lucky angler. FYI, the regs on Baker allow two rods to be deployed until the limit is caught, and the anglers may continue to fish until the boat limit is reached. (page 58)

For the day we went 6 (7) caught, and 3 lost. All beautiful chromers and ranging 4-7 pounds. Another great day on Baker Lake!
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Name: Steelheadin360 Date: July 20, 2014 Rating:
 
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Thursday night- 2 stars
Friday- 1 stars
Saturday- 0 stars

We arrived at Baker Lake Thursday afternoon with high hopes of a cooler full of Sockeye when leaving Sunday. After the first couple hours on the water my hopes of the faded and I was gonna be happy to even put a fish in the box. Thursday night at 700pm it finally happened, my 27' rod bounced and unclipped and the fight was on. Peeling line, jumping, ran past the boat, all the good sockeye moves that bring me back to this lake. We called it a night not to long after that and prepared for Friday. Friday brought a considerably amount of boat traffic and no fish, I seen a total of three caught. Saturday it rained and rained. We had multiple take downs but could not get a fish into the boat.

Sunday morning was a different story. After a lot of prep work and planning we hit the water with a mission. We started at on the noisy creek side of the lake. Rods down at 445 and I fired up the stove to start the coffee. Fish in the boat at 450 am. Now that's the Baker Lake I know. While the fishing wasn't red hot Sunday we averaged a fish an hour including one double. We lost a few others including one very jumpy fish that my daughter was trying to wrestle in. All of our fish where caught towards the middle of the lake with no pattern what so ever. All of our fish were caught between 28-20' down on the cable. Any deeper or shallower resulted in nothing. Slow speed won the race with speeds of .7-.8 being most effective and most fish coming of the inside rod on a turn. We ended the day with 7 very bright and fat Sockeye. One word of advice for Baker, if you think you are going slow enough, go a little slower.

Gear used------ Mack's Lures "Double D" Dodgers in Chrome and White UV. Behind those we pulled a variety of hoochies with blades in some colors not everyone else was using, and it worked very well for us! Our hooks were tipped with chunks of Shrimp bathed in my favorite mix of Sockeye approved herbs and spices.

While this weekend had a great finish, it was a tough one. I think I am still wore out. But fishing is only gonna get better and soon everyone will be pulling limits of big, hard fighting Baker Lake Sockeye.

Thank you Norm, Tony, Kenny and Mike for staying with me at the camp site, me and my family had a great weekend!

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Name: rseas Date: July 20, 2014 Rating:
 
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Back to Baker, our first trip to Baker of the year was the result of a bargaining plea with the older kids. They agreed to watch the 5 year old for the day if I took them tubing on Lake Samish when we got home. I know I could have brought him (the 5 year old) along and usually do but with a 2 am scheduled departure and a rainy forecast, the two did not seem that they would amalgamate to be the catalyst for a relaxing day on the water.

Pulling away from the house at exactly 2:00 am we were met by a light mist that intensified to full on rain by the time we turned off of highway 20 onto Baker Lake Road. It was pouring as we arrived at the Panorama Point launch but all was not soggy. As my newly intermittent flashlight and I walked down the ramp to check things out it stopped raining and we were mostly rainless for the rest of the day. On the water and slowly motoring towards the noisy creek area I was looking forward to my boat’s first Baker Lake sockeye of the year (I said I was looking forward to… because my boat mate was somewhere at the bottom of a heap of sleeping bag on the floor of the boat sound asleep).

Metering through the general area of Noisy Creek it didn’t look as though anybody was home so I continued on to the flats and the old Baker Lake lake bed. The meter was lit up with sockeye as I prepped the gear and got to fishing. The day started out with a double in the dark but I chose the wrong fish to play with (remember the heap of sleeping bag) and ended up losing both. From there I had steady action but didn’t put any fish in the boat. Even though there were many sockeye on the meter I was also catching a ton of dolly varden which are protected under the Endangered Species Act so I decided move back out in to the deeper water. Another trip through the Noisy Creek area and another dolly but I did notice that the sleeping bag changed shape so maybe, just maybe our luck was about to change.

I decided to work my way towards the Shannon Creek side of the lake and as I started working the north side of the lake the rigger released popped and it was fish on. In that it was daylight I woke up the sleeping bag and handed her the rod. While still holding the sleeping bag around her waist with her elbows she expertly guided the boat’s first Baker Lake sockeye of the year into the waiting net and then went back to sleep. From that point we were on our game and had consistent action catching some fish, losing some fish and releasing the kokanee, dollies and a small coho until we pulled the plug and headed back to the ramp.

At the business end of things we were running a sockeye fly that I developed a few years ago. On two of our four rods I added a pink Smile Blade and a few pink beads ahead of the fly but we had similar success on both rigs. The sockeye flies were running approximately 8-10 inches behind a “O” size 50/50 dodger. For bait I was using my go to for Baker Lake sockeye, cut up shrimp from Fred’s cured with Pautzke Fire Cure. Our trolling speed varied between .9 and 1.7 mph. To be honest I didn’t pay too much attention to trolling speed just running my boat at idle all day. Most of our action was off of meter marks. I fished meter marks, adjusting the rigs to just above a meter mark when I found them. The most productive depth of the day was 48’ of cable in any depth of water.

Lessons learned, thoughts or general ramblings: The belief is that Baker Lake sockeye go lock jaw as soon as the sun hits the water, don’t give up just because you can now see what you are doing. In our experience there are fish to be had throughout the daylight hours. A couple years ago after a late start we had a triple at 2:00 in the afternoon to finish off our limits and our last fish this last Sunday was hooked and lost at 2:00 in the afternoon. Keep your bait fresh, especially if you’re working over the meter marks with no action. We have run through a meter mark where the fish ignored my offering, marked it in the GPS, changed the bait and run back through the same mark and all rods went bendo. Fish out of the crowds, there are fish to be had. What is better 50 boats running over a couple schools of fish or a solo boat on a single school of fish? Use your GPS, when you find a school of fish save the meter mark and keep working it over until you can’t find it again. The last bit advice is to not laugh at the sleeping bag standing on the deck fighting a fish while it mutters something about getting up at 1:00 in the morning…

All in all it was a great day; we bonked 4 sockeye to almost 9 pounds, hooked six others but lost them including a triple that was the result of repeated passes through a small meter mark. We also caught and released 8-12 dollies to about 3 pounds, a couple kokanee and a 10 or 11” coho. Although the weather was a bit questionable the scenery was still spectacular. We closed out the day pulling the kids around Lake Samish until they were frozen and had a blast. Actually on that note, there are Kokanee jumping all over the place at Lake Samish and some are absolute toads.
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Name: Wind In His Hair Date: July 18, 2014 Rating:
 
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After a great experience fishing and soaking in the scenery at Baker Lake last weekend - I could hardly wait to go back.

Got all my gear packed before heading to work at 10 am Thursday and worked straight till 145 am Friday. With no sleep and excited - I drove straight to Baker Lake and arrived at the campsite at 4 am. Set the tent and kayak up and in the water fishing around 530 am. Lots of fish on the finder and then around 630 I got the first fish on the kayak. Soon after resetting both rods with fresh sandshrimp right rod started to bounce and missed the fish with the shrimp gone. While re-baiting, my other rod on the left goes off and I immediately placed the hooks on my sandal and the rod goes completely straight with no tension. After grabbing the rod, fish clears the water leaping close to the kayak (flashback from last weekend when i got hit in the face) I was ready to hug this fish if it leaps at me again. Luckily, the fish ran away from the kayak and after several runs and jumps, the second one was on board. Soon after netting the 2nd, another hit and a solid hookup with the 3rd and final fish of the day. Headed back to camp around 745 am to clean the fish and placed them in the cooler.

Time to catch up on some sleep. Didn't take long, I passed out.
What a great morning and a beautiful place.
Felt relaxed and grateful.
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Name: scraig1962 Date: July 18, 2014 Rating:
 
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After seeing the reports of low fishing pressure, and decent numbers of fish transferred to the lake, I thought it would be a sure thing to put a few fish in the box today. Running on only 2 hours of sleep, my dad, daughter, and I head to Baker Lake for the first time this year. Launched out of Swift Creek campground around 5:30 am, and headed to the spot that produced fish for us last year, and I guess for the other 80-100 boats too.

We trolled a variety of sockeye gear on 3 rods. Rod #1 had a #0 plain Les Davis herring dodger, 10" of 20lb fluorocarbon leader to dual 2/0 red hooks with a red Macks smile blade above. Rod #2 had a #0 Prism Les Davis herring dodger, 10" of 20lb fluorocarbon leader to dual 2/0 red hooks with a Gold Star F15 2" pink squid and pink smile blade above. Rod #3 had a 8" Shasta Sling Blade dodger, 10" of 20lb fluorocarbon leader to single 2/0 red hook with a Gold Star OG1931.5" pink squid. Hooks were tipped with either fresh sand shrimp tails, or cured pink shrimp.

We trolled the Swift creek side back and forth many times then tried the Noisy Creek side a few times also. Trolling speeds were from .7 to 1.5 mph on the gps and depths varied from 15' to 50'. We were using 4oz banana weights as my new boat does not have downrigger mounts yet, but depth was accurate as our gear was clearly seen on the fish finder. We gave up after 8 hours trolling and no fish to show.

There was probably about a half dozen fish caught around us, so there is some fish to be caught, just wasn't our day I guess. I didn't count, but I would guess there was probably around 60+ boats trolling the Swift Creek side and the rest on the Noisy Creek side or middle of the lake. After we loaded the boat we checked out some of the campgrounds around the area and made plans to try to camp there some time. We both agreed that while the fishing was disappointing, the time on the water with family, and scenery made the trip worth it.
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Name: TheRealSalmonerd Date: July 17, 2014 Rating:
 
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Trolling saltwater gear in an alpine lake for sockeye is not common, we are fortunate to live in an area where this is an annual event.
We got to the launch at swift creek about 4:30AM. Being so early in the season, there were not 1000 rigs inline to put in. Three people ahead of us, we were parked and in the water by 4:45. There is an almost instinctual draw to fish areas where there are other boats up there, the mind tells you, “that’s where the fish are.” Full lemming paradigm in effect, we headed toward the area where the other boats were floating about. With both of us being greedy, we of course have two pole endorsements, but only two downriggers total on the vessel. The standby chrome 0 dodger with 12” leader, pink hoochie skirt and double gamakatsu 2/0 (red) setup was our unanimous choice for the downriggers, with the other pole setup with a slight variation, same size dodger, but I went with a 50/50, a 40z banana weight and a pink mac’s smile blade with a few beads underneath it, double hook.
At 5AM we were fishing, three of our four lines in the water, with high hopes. As my was putting together his second setup, BANG…..BANG, BANG, BANG the downrigger on his side goes off so hard I thought there was a glacier coming down the side of Baker. He drops whatever was in his hands and sets the hook. For such a hard biter, the fish was rather small, but by 5:10 AM, we had our first sockeye to the boat. This was going to be a great day. As the sun started to come up, and the 1964 merc 4.5hp kicker slowly chugged us along, the gravity of the situation began to sink in. Nobody was hooking up, was this first early fish a fluke? Was the day not going to be so great after all. A sinking feeling of impending doom consumed me as I realized the bite was not so great, and that we had actually been very lucky to get the one fish. By 8:30AM 33.3% of the total fish I saw captured on the lake had been landed by us, so from a purely statistical standpoint, we were doing phenomenal. We made our way to the other side of the lake and gave that a try for awhile…… no dice. We decided to wrap it up around 9:30, both of us knowing from prior experience that the bite only gets worse as the day progresses. On our way back to the launch we saw a breach off in the distance and swung by to have a look. Sure enough, George Carlin and his wife, Mrs. Carlin were landing a nice 7 pounder off the stern of their red hewes, now we had only 25% of the total catch.
Dramatics aside, I had a good time up there today. I was not expecting a lot being that the numbers are not substantial yet. These fish are coming late, but they are coming. They had almost 2000 to the trap yesterday, so I’m hopeful. This may turn out to be a really good season up there. I’ll be back every few days so that when it does pick up, I’m getting my share of meat. Soon it will look like seafair weekend up there. I was able to get some decent underwater footage of PSE releasing about 400 fish for WDFW. Link posted below. Tight lines.

http://youtu.be/bgQWWjwMGt4
-Salmonerd
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