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Name: Jimbo Date: July 28, 2014 Rating:
 
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In high hopes of at least (1) fish for the BBQ but didn't happen. Put in at dam at 0500, fish rolling around ? Should we fish here as they must have just dump'd in a load of fresh fish.

We fallowed the crew, We were new to this game. It has been 25 years sense we had a boat on this lake. Fishing was dead, seen maybe 10 taken. Not sure how the right side of the lake did. So about 10:30 we gave up. Headed for some beach time, spent the day on 3 differant beaches. Had a blast, not sure I'll be back this year.

Talked to some folks that said this year there not bitters, and down to 50 feet. Tried to add this report last night but wasn't finding the right area, Thanks Mike :-)
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Name: fishing magician Date: July 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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today we had my mom and dad and I. we could tell it was really slow because we didnt see a single person out of over a 100 boats catch one fish in the bite at daylight. we were not expecting much if anything. until 8:30 we only saw 2 sockeye and a kokanee caught out of all those boats. then we hooked into a fish and landed it. we were all shocked but pleasantly shocked. we didn't expect anything. then another half an hour went by then we hooked another and it got tangled. it had barbless hooks (even though it was legal with barbs) and had lots of slack and time but somehow stayed on and we got it. then about 2 or 3 minutes later my mom hooked one out the back with a diver. and we also got this one. we left not long after. including us we saw absolutely no more than 10 fish caught the whole day so we got really lucky. all caught with macks lure dodgers and 2 of them on smile blades. the last one was on a hootchie.
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Name: scraig1962 Date: July 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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After yesterdays luck at Baker with my girlfriend and daughter, I talked my dad into going back up there with me. We have gone up there together two other times, and god skunked both trips.

Launched out of Swift Creek campground again at about 6am and headed to the same spot as the day before. There were more boats today than I have seen all season so far.

This time we used one rod on the downrigger, and one with 3oz lead. The downrigger rod was set up with a 50/50 dodger and pink squid, and other rod was set up with a chrome dodger with bare red hooks and smile blade. Hooks were tipped with fresh sandshrimp.

We had our first fish on within 5 mins of trolling 35' down on the downrigger. I fight and my dad nets the first fish of the day, a smaller sockeye. Got the rigger back down to 35' and troll the same spot. The fish finder was marking a lot of fish around 25' so i bring the rigger up to 25' and get another fish on at about 15 mins after the first fish. This time my dad fights and I net his first sockeye hes ever caught.

After getting 2 fish in the boat in short order, we thought we had easy limits, but the bite died for us. We trolled the same area many times, and even tried trolling with the main fleet of boats with no luck. The sun was up today, and it was really hot, so I'm thinking that turned the fish off. The whole day, we only saw 2 other fish caught around us. We called it a day at about 12:30 with 2 sockeye in the boat. Not the best day fishing Baker, but I'm glad my dad finally got into a sockeye. Good luck out there.
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Name: nodnarb Date: July 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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First time fishing Baker. Hoping to get in on the Sockeye action. Hit the lake at 4:30AM and quickly learned that my desire for sockeye was shared by several hundred other fellow anglers. Man was it packed today. Being my first time there I have no reference for how crazy it can get, but if tomorrow (Saturday) is even worse, then no thank you. :)

Anyway, we worked up and down, over and across—multiple lures, scents, baits etc. Tried depths from 20 to 75 ft at various times. Marked fish off and on, but just couldn't buy a hook-up. Had a couple hit-n-runs. At least I wasn't the only one struggling. I saw very few fish brought in around me.

That all said, it wasn't a total skunk. Landed a decent Dolly (at least I think it was a Dolly). Took a pic and released it without harm. I gave this 2 stars because it wasn't a total fishing bust. Certainly a skunk on the sockeye.

Oh, and I couldn't agree more with the countless other reports regarding the scenery. Amazing.
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Name: fishing magician Date: July 24, 2014 Rating:
 
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started at about 5 but didnt have a rough start like last time so got more fishing time. about 10 minutes after we got down i had a good take down but it came off somehow. so i rebaited and got back out. then shortly after my grandpa hooked a fish. it didnt get tangled and we landed it. then the bite just went away. we went several hours without anything and then my grandpa out of nowhere hooked another. we also landed this one. after that that was all we had for action. one was caught at 40 feet and the other at 35 feet. both on pink hootchies with macks lure dodgers.
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Name: scraig1962 Date: July 24, 2014 Rating:
 
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Great day on Baker, fishing wise, not so much weather wise. My girlfriend, daughter, and I launched out of Swift Creek campground at 5:30 and headed straight to the Noisy Creek area. Last time we were here we put in most of our time on the Swift Creek side and got skunked, so we wanted to try somewhere else.

We had 2 Lines in the water by 5:45 or so. We trolled outside of the crowd, more towards the middle and are glad we did. We ran 3oz lead to #0 Les Davis dodgers, and a pink squid with smile blade on one rod, and just bare hooks with smile blade on the other rod, both tipped with sand shrimp. At about 5:50, we had our first sockeye on the rod with the pink squid. While netting that fish, our other rod starts bouncing with our second fish of the day. Hooks from the first fish were stuck in the net, so my girlfriend had to play the fish until I got the net free, but we got her in the boat.

After that double, it got a little slow for us, until I decided to test out the downrigger I just mounted the night before. I rig up the third rod with a 50/50 dodger and pink squid, set it down 35' and within minutes, we had another fish in the boat. After that fish, we loose one off the downrigger rod, then we loose a fish and whole dodger rig off the other rod due to a snap swivel opening up. We circled the same area a few times, and got 2 more fish in the boat off the downrigger rod before we called it quits due to being freezing, and the non-stop rain. We left around 10:30 am with 5 sockeye in the boat.

For anyone looking for a fishfinder, after using my Garmin 501c for a few months, I'm really liking it. I never thought I would be able so see everything this thing picks up. While trolling with lead, your gear clearly shows up on the screen as long as its not too far out, so you know exactly how deep your rigs are running. The downriggers I have are old Cannon Sport Trolls which have the counters built into the swivel heads and do not work. I was able to use the fishfinder to get my gear down exactly where I wanted to. Anyway, good luck out there.
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Name: fishing magician Date: July 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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started fishing at about 5 and had a rough start. took forever at the ramp and got line in the motor twice but still managed to get 2 fish. when we got out there i found that my lure was caught on a snap on the edge for the cover so i had to flick that off and wasted time. then not long after my grandpa said "i got a fish" he had it hooked and it went under the boat and in my line and drug my line in the motor, but somehow still landed it. after a while of untangling and retieing we got fishing again. another 10 minutes went by then i hooked one. this one didnt get tangled. we got it. it was a little bigger than the last but still not good sized. that was all the bites we had the rest of the morning. one caught at 40 feet and one at 43 feet. used macks lure double d dodger with pink hootchies.
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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 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: 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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