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Name: gnunes Date: July 30, 2013 Rating:
 
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Hello all.

It's been a while since I wanted to go fishing at Baker and despite the reports, I decided to go anyways. I went by myself on monday evening, camped at Shannon Creek and was in the water by 4:30am the next morning. Wow, what a beautiful place! I started by trolling around Noisy Creek at 15 - 20 ft deep on the riggers this early in the morning. No luck. At around 5:00am I realized I was surrounded by other boats. By 7:00 I counted over 60! Didn't think it'd be this busy on a tuesday. By 8:00am I saw the first net and fish caught on the bay East of the creek and those guys were fishing pretty close to shore. I tried the same with no luck. By 10:00 I decided to try the middle, away from other people and saw a second fish landed. Finally by 10:45 I decided to head back to camp, pack up and go home and not soon after that my rod lift and at that point I thought I had snagged on a drift wood but no, it was FISH ON!
Heart pumping hard, trying not to lose the fish, steer the boat with my foot away from all the other boats that all the sudden came and surrounded me, and getting the net ready all by myself was quite a task! Nice 5lb buck in the net and on the boat, what a relief! Got him at 60 feet of wire, 120ft bottom, road side between Swift and Shannon CG, pretty close to shore. No school showing on the fish finder. Tried another pass and decided to head back to camp.
I don't have a picture of my lure but it was a silver dodger, double red hook set up with a mini pink hoochie and a red smily blade. I also talked to a lot of people at the launch and only one other couple had fish. They caught 2 at around the same time as me but on the trail side. They've been camping there for a week and managing to get one or 2 fish a day. They were also fishing with a silver dodger and pink hoochie setup but their leader was much shorter then mine at about 8 to 10". Mine were all at 12" (thanks OCD).
Well, good luck to all that venture and if the fish isn't hot, at least you won't be disappointed by the surroundings!

Tight lines!

George
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Name: outfishn Date: July 29, 2013 Rating:
 
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Fished hard two weekends ago along with a fleet of 100+ boats and only caught 1 for two days of fishing with my two sons. Lost a few and cnr'd some kokanee. The one sockeye my oldest son landed was a great fish and a fight to remember though, broke a kokanee rod into three pieces as he was fighting the fish which went under the boat, into our downrigged lines, back out, and managed to get the line between the kicker and transom. Had to kill the motor and hand line the fish free of the motor with my son handling the rod in pieces. Lesson learned: 8 yr old + kokanee rod + feisty sockeye = broken rod + great story.

Fished at 30-40ft but probably should have been at 40-50ft after talking to others. I have to give a big thanks to our camp site neighbor, Les "Freespool", for giving us pointers and helping me tie his special leaders. Hopefully I'll run into him on the Snohomish soon.

Fished hard Monday and Tuesday this week with my two boys again. We had a rough start on Monday. I accidentally left my box of goodies on the rower's seat and on our way to the Swift creek launch from Horseshoe Cove the cover flew off followed by my leader rolls (spent a very late night tying them and also lost my "Freespool" specials). While on the water getting things set up, I realized....no leaders! Went back to try to find them on the road but only found my cover and an empty ziplock bag. Tied six leaders on the water with tinsel, magic thread, and superglue (didn't take any shortcuts because I knew fishing has been tough). Late start but we got a double after losing one earlier, my older son lost his but my youngest reeled in a beauty. It was slow for the rest of the morning but then we marked a school at around 1pm (most called it a day by this time) and as I was telling the boys to get ready with some optimism, a rod starts to do the dance and my youngest reels in another nice fish. We ended the day late at around 2pm with a pretty choppy ride back in the wind. My oldest lost 2 and caught 1 kokanee and my youngest caught 2 both on the road side of the lake. Only spotted a few small schools all day at around 40ft. We saw only a few other fish caught so we felt very lucky.

On the road back to camp my oldest says, "what's that red thing", OUR LEADER ROLL! Stopped the rig, picked it up and tried to find the other roll with no luck but we were very happy to find the one leader roll with the best goodies.

Started at around 5:30am on Tuesday. It was a very slow morning. Didn't see any fish being caught on the road side so we went to the other side and finally saw a few being caught. Not long after we get a hit but my oldest loses another! But not long after that, I notice a rod buckled over and line is peeling off like it's snagged. I get it out of the holder actually thinking it's snagged on something but feel it change direction, FISH ON! I quickly hand the rod over to my oldest and as he's struggling with the fish still peeling line, I look behind and notice another rod unclipped. I reel in the slack....DOUBLE (again)! I quickly hand the rod over to my youngest and the fights are on! After two long battles, particularly for my youngest, both are in the boat! High fives and huge fish! My youngest catches our largest sockeye ever! After that we call it a day and as I'm cleaning up with two rods still in the water, my youngest says, "dad look!"....another rod unclipped. I reel in the slack, FISH ON! I quickly hand the rod over to my oldest (youngest not happy about that) and he reels in his second fish. 3 for 4, not a bad day considering how slow it was.

On Wednesday, our last day, we slept in and explored the area around our camp site at Horseshoe Cove. We marked a lot of small fish and a few big and saw a lot of fish jumping, but we didn't get a single hit.

All in all, it was a great trip, not crowded compared to the previous week. Tough fishing but we managed to bring home 5 nice sockeye. I didn't even get to tag one myself, my kids caught them all
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Name: Mike Carey Date: July 29, 2013 Rating:
 
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JoAnn and I went back to Baker in hopes of finding some success. We arrived Sunday and fished the afternoon, using our sea anchor to keep a controlled drift of 1.2-1.4mph in the afternoon winds. Saw fish but no takers. Used standard gear and for bait this time I had sand shrimp on two rods and scented prawns on two rods.

Water is up a foot I would guess, and temp is down from 70.4 to 68.7.

Morning came partly cloudy and low clouds, very pleasant. The crowds have really thinned out at Baker. We had lines in water by 5am and fished until noon. We did the circuit several times over. Marked fish everywhere, not huge amounts but enough so that I would look at them and wonder what the problem was? I personally saw two fish caught by the fleet, and heard of one boat getting a limit and another (a WL.com’er, sorry, don’t know your name) getting two and losing four bites. They mentioned 50 ft as the magic depth. I fished that depth, it wasn’t magic for me, LOL. We fished depths from 25-65 feet and did some meter mark chasing as well.

We did catch one pretty Dolly Varden.

Decided to come home rather than pound the water Tuesday. We’ll pound some other water. Very likely this will be our last Baker Lake trip for 2013. I do think the fishing will get better. Number 1, there will be more fish being put into the lake. Number 2, the crowds have thinned out significantly. We saw maybe 2-3 dozen boats. I’ll be curious to see further reports if anyone ventures that way.
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Name: natetreat Date: July 29, 2013 Rating:
 
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Up at 2 am, on the water before sunrise, rods down when the bite should be good. I thought I'd give Baker a chance to see if I wanted to spend my vacation up there this weekend. Nope. I don't want to.

A bunch of bored people driving in circles is what it was. I did hear a rumor about some guy that heard that some guy had hooked a fish.

I trolled Noisy Creek up and down, a few times, for a few hours, then cut across to fish the road side. At around 9:15 or so, I'm sitting there, dog in my lap and sorta out of it, looking ahead, two boats coming at me, better veer a bit to the port side, I look back at my rod, it popped and was bouncing. So I wake up real quick get the rod out of the holder best I can, and try to reel down on the fish. Too late, of course, a fish, followed by a flasher jumps 3 feet out the water 10 feet from the boat and spits the hook.

Yea, that was it. As far as I know, I was the only one who even touched a fish in the 7 hours I trolled around out there. I'm not coming back until the lake gets a massive push of fish, or the bite changes dramatically. It's not worth it.

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Name: Duke98248 Date: July 29, 2013 Rating:
 
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My son, grandson, brother-in-law and I arrived Monday in the late morning, found a spot at Swift Creek to set up camp for a four day outing. The afternoon wind was up and the fishing hard but we managed one nice sockeye, Tuesday morning on the lake at 0530 and fished hard until around 1:00 PM with two fish to show for our efforts. The water was calm, the wind very light and sun nice and bright. Around 60 boats on the water and not many nets showing.
It was the first "guy" outing in some time so it wasn't just abvout catching fish, but time together. My 10 yr old grandson has a habit of out fishing me where ever, when ever, and this was no exception. By Thursday at noon he had 3 fish and I had zero. Same gear, same depth, his luck.
The weather turned Wednesday night and Thursday was oovercast and breezy, so leaving was not an issue. Besides the catching was a lot of work. Hours on the lake for a few pounds of fish.
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Name: Fish Dawg Date: July 28, 2013 Rating:
 
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Combined report for Saturday, 7/27 – Tuesday, 7/30

Pulled the boat and our tent trailer into camp at the Grandy Creek KOA in Concrete on Saturday afternoon. This is a nice facility with hook-up sites, showers, pool, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, and playground if you need a few more amenities of home than what is offered at the HooDoo camps at the lake. I had my wife and daughter with so the facilities were just right for us. Set up camp and enjoyed a burger with the gals at Cascade Burgers then had a short campfire and turned-in early.

As for the fishing…it was pedestrian at best! It appears that the relatively low count of fish in the lake combined with the high fishing pressure has put the bite off.

Up and around at 0245 on Sunday we arrived at the Swift Creek launch at about 0330. Got the boat staged up and launched and headed for the deep water along the north side of the lake. We were about the third boat out on the lake and had lines in the water around 0420. I trolled my usual sockeye stuff consisting of Abe & Al 001 dodgers customized with gold scale tape, about 14” – 16” of 30lb to 40lb leader with a 1.1” pink smile blade and two 2/0 or 3/0 Gamakatsu hooks. We’ve also used the Mack’s Lure sockeye leaders with the same dodger with good success at Baker and Brewster. For the fourth pole (both Fish Princess and I have two-pole endorsements) we fished a flat line with 4-6 ounces of lead and a 0 pink splatter dodger followed by a pink hoochie. None of this proved effective in inducing a bite. After a few hours with no bites and minimal action in the boats around us I started using different gear on the flat line rod to see if we could find something that would get them interested. I had on an 8” Short Bus rotating flasher in 50/50 red/green (think Columbia River style) with about 70’ of line out working the flats at the east end of the lake in about 55’ of water and finally got a takedown. Set the hooks and could tell the fish was not too large, but handed off to the Fish Princess so she could have some fun. She got it to the boat and we netted a 2.5 pound Dolly Varden. We kept her in the net in the water while we unhooked her and set her free. That was all the excitement for the day except for watching a white Alumaweld sled with green trim with 4 anglers aboard catch fish like Baker has produced over the last few years. Saw them boat a double header and get two of three on a triple header not long after. Couldn’t figure out what they were doing different than the rest of the crowd, but they definitely had something figured out. There were at least 100 boats on the lake Sunday.

Monday we were the first boat on the lake at about 0345. I headed up to the ledge near Noisy Creek where the deep section goes up onto the shallows. The few boats that seemed to be catching fish Sunday had most of their success working this area. Ran out the usual assortment of gear and even included an 0 chrome dodger with hoochie and prawns. Trolled around at various depths from 18’ to 80’ for about 4 hours without a bump and action was negligible in the boats around us as well. Around 0830 I noticed a raft of flotsam had consolidated around the north side of the lake and thought about previous years where we had hooked fish in the middle of log jams (landing them in that mess is another story, but we had to hook one before worrying about how to land it). I decided to go for it and see what we could do and the gambit paid off. Lines were getting covered with grass and twigs but we managed to get a biter at 40’ on one of my Abe & Al rigs. The Fish Princess managed to steer him clear of the big chunks in the mess and guide him to net. This proved to be the only keeper sockeye for 3 days of fishing. We talked to the fish checker when we came ashore at around 10:30 and he said we had the only fish in 6 boats he had checked thus far. We enjoyed a visit to the Baker River fish trap in Concrete and a trip into Burlington on Monday afternoon. I also found some purple cured coon stripe shrimp at Holiday Sports to add to my bait selection.

Tuesday the Fish Princess was pooped out and ran out of boat clothes so she decided to sleep in. I headed out around 0300 as usual and managed to get the boat in the water unassisted with no issues. Was fishing two rods by 0415. Only counted about 60 boats on the water Tuesday and out of those I saw two fish caught and another couple lost. Around 0730 I was trolling east bound between two froth trails that I believe marked the seams of the river current coming down from the head of the lake. I had one rod running in each down rigger on either side of the boat (meaning one was more or less behind my back while a drove the boat). Naturally, the only takedown of the day came on the rod I didn’t have my eye on. I had reached for a jar of prawns to re-bait one of the poles and when I turned back around I saw that the rod behind me had released. As I grabbed for the rod I could see the fish swirl at the surface behind the boat. However, by the time I had rod in hand he had spit the hooks and was gone. I had to pack-up camp so only fished until about 0845. I did get to witness one of the most spectacular sunrises of my life on this day as there was broken cloud cover atop the east end of the lake and the upcoming sun sent vibrant sunrays streaming through the clouds adding to the mystical aura of this incredible place. Even though fishing was very slow this beat the heck out of being at work!

Totals for the trip 1 dolly C&R, 1 keeper sockeye, 1 sockeye hooked and long released for four rods fished Sunday, four rods fished Monday, and two rods fished Tuesday.

Lots of fun camping with my favorite camping chicks and the lake was beautiful as ever!!

Tight lines and good luck, everyone!

Fish Dawg
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Name: tbone331 Date: July 27, 2013 Rating:
 
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I launched out of Panorama Point and had my line in the water around 5:30am. Fished along the southern shore across from Swift Creek Campground to Noisy Creek until 8:00am. Pulled 4 oz. sinker with a #0 Dodger with an 18" leader to a bare red hook topped with sand shrimp. Tried various depths from 20 to 45 strips down (no downriggers on my boat...). No luck, unfortunately. I saw one guy net a fish near me and one guy net a fish on the northern shore about 1/2 way between Shannon and Swift campgrounds. I'm guessing there were 60-ish boats on the water.

One my way back to the ramp, I was flagged down by a couple DFW officers. They asked how I did and we chatted for a bit. Didn't check my ice-chest or license or anything. I guess I'm an honest-looking guy. Also ran into another staffer at the launch who told me they had just dropped 140 sockeye in the lake up at Swift Creek and that they were going to drop at least one more load that day. Hopefully the bite picks up!
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Name: scraig1962 Date: July 26, 2013 Rating:
 
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Decided to take my old man up to Baker Lake thinking we would be able to repeat last Thursdays success. Boy was I wrong. We got to Swift Creek cg at 5am and had our lines out by 5:30. Used the same rigs as last time out, 4 oz lead, chrome dodger, 18" leader to a pair of 1/0 red hooks with a smile blade and sand shrimp. We trolled all along the hwy side of the Swift Creek multiple times 20-40 pulls out in about 165' of water with no action at all. Last week we were marking many fish in the 15-30' depth range. Today the fish finder didn't mark hardly any fish at all. We called it around 1. We probably saw a total of about 5 or 6 fish caught the whole time we were there. That's pretty bad considering how many boats were out there. Oh well, got to enjoy the sun and scenery with the old man. We did get to watch a helicopter put out a fire around the Shannon Creek Campground and also watched the PSE fish truck dump a load of sockeye at the boat launch which was very cool to see. I did get a video of it and might try to upload to youtube. Good luck out there.
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Name: Mike Carey Date: July 24, 2013 Rating:
 
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JoAnn and I got to Baker for our much anticipated yearly fishing/boating/gunk holing trip. The reports for Baker seemed to be “OK”, however, the fish counts are way down this year vrs. Last year. Current return numbers are (7/24) 9,770 return and 4,705 transferred to the lake. Considering the last two years we had 27 and 28,000 fish return, these numbers are looking not so hot. And, the fishing shows.

We arrived Sunday afternoon and fished Sunday PM, Monday AM and PM, and Tuesday AM. We ran four rods of standard sockeye gear. I also mixed in a kwikfish on occasion just to give the fish something different to look at.

We ran all types of terminal gear combinations, and used shrimp always. We targeted depths (35-65 ft) and chased meter marks (at least until my depth finder conked out). We trolled from 0.8 to 1.6mph. In short, we tried everything. Mornings we fished 5am to noon, evenings 3-7pm. We were greeted with a practically full moon, beautiful sunny mornings, and typical windy afternoons.

The results were painful. Skunked Sunday, one bite (lost) Monday, and one fish at 6:35am on Tuesday morning, at 50 ft deep.

Results all around us were poor. I never saw more than a rare fish caught. I heard tell of a double, and saw a couple guys leave with what I assume to be early morning limits. But mostly, I saw a lot of bored, idle anglers going in circles. I hate to paint a grim picture but this fishery for 2013 I would say is a far cry from the last two years. JoAnn’s comment – “that was bad, bad, bad”.

So, while the occasional angler may hit it good, overall be prepared for some tough fishing, unless things change considerably.

Heck, I even soaked crawfish pots for two days with nada. I used shad. Maybe next time I’ll try something else.
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Name: afk Date: July 24, 2013 Rating:
 
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I fished Baker with my 2 youngest 7-24 & 25. It was a wild trip to say the least. Jeremy and I picked Jeff up after work at 22:10 on Tues. night. We drove straight to Swift Creek campground. The moon was so bright we almost could had gone fishin' right then at 3AM. I didn't want to venture out into unkown waters as well as I'd been told to be aware of drift wood. instead we napped for hour and a half in the parking lot. Oops! We jumped in line to launch and were on the water fishing on the outskirts of everybody else by 05:00. We worked pour way into the flotilla & never saw a net fly for an hour. That particular boat caught a second fish around 6:30! At 7:20 I was shrugging my shoulders & gesturing to another boat that it was dead slow. As he gestured back the same thing, my rod popped of the downrigger! Game on! First ever Baker Lake Sockeye in the boat! 4 LBS 9 OZ male! He came from 50 Ft. on the downrigger. We continued to fish untill around 11:00 before giving into the heat. Although it was only one fish in the boat, We felt extremely fortunate. Many boats were fishless. We estimated 1 fish for every 20 boats.
2 gals from WDFW were working & pulled along side to check us out after boating the one that we did. They asked who punched their card. They had me hold it up so they could see They asked all the usual safety questions and moved on. They were exemplary of what enforcement can and should be. Until, 2 hours later, as I'm trolling around with 4 poles sticking out of the boat, they insist to see that I'm not by myself. I chided them for poor memory as having checked us earlier. I woke the boys and they showed themselves. She explained that if she can't see'em she has to check. Hind sight is I should have had them move closer and look.
After naps I took the boys Knee boarding!
Day 2. We didn't get on the water untill 0500 again! (Teenagers are very hard to move at this time of morning.) Again very slow fishing. Around 06:30 I'm gesturing to another boat about it being slow and I see Jeremys rod start bouncing! We were in heavy traffic and the fish wanted to go behind the boat and around. I sped up and other allowed me to turn and get the fish to the side of the boat. It ran a ways and Jeremy pumped him back. Jeff missed him with the net and then that was it. Fish gone. It was a biggin' too. 6-7LBS. Next Jeffs poles starts bouncing. This one makes it in the boat! 4 LBS. 1 OZ. AS lady luck was shining on us Jeremys rod starts doing the dance again! This time Jeremy gave no slack & Jeff netted on the fiirst go! 3 LBS 6OZ.
We came away with one fish each after 2 days. We felt blessed as many could not say the same.
A big thanks to Bassplayer17! Toni was kind enough to give the information I needed to try a new fishery with confidence ! We had a great trip. Good camping, Huckle & Thimble berry pickin' & fish!
2 fish hit the simple pink 12'' behind a Macks Double D 76 Dodger, 6OZ banana weight at 60 pulls
1 fish hit simple pink behind 00 dodger @ 50' of wire
1 fish hit gaudy pink behind size 1 dodger@ 60' of wire
Fire cured pink prawn or salad shrimp tipped all presentations
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