Sockeye limit increased in Baker Lake

July 13, 2023

Action: Raises daily sockeye limit.          

Effective date: Immediately through Aug. 31, 2023.

Species affected: Sockeye.

Location: Baker Lake (Whatcom County): Catch Record Card Code 825.  

Rules: Raises daily limit to five sockeye. Minimum size is 18 inches. Two poles allowed with the 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: Due to Baker Lake trap counts, WDFW and tribal comanagers have updated the expected run-size to 52,000 sockeye. It is expected that by this weekend (July 15), over 20,000 sockeye will have been trucked to Baker Lake. This number of sockeye in the lake, at this point in the season, has only been topped once in the last decade. Broodstock collection is currently at 82% of the broodstock goal, which is expected to be met ahead of schedule. This run-size is sufficient to allow for increased opportunity in the lake.

Additional information: In-season closures or other management actions will be announced as soon as possible. Consider downloading the FishWA app or signing up for fishery change notifications by email at

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 definitions 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 toll free 866-880-5431.

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