SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Anglers will have the opportunity to ply the waters of Baker Lake for sockeye salmon beginning Saturday.
The season continues until Sept. 7, as a sufficient number of sockeye have been transported to support a lake fishery, the State Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a news release.
The daily limit is two fish, with a minimum size of 18 inches. Anglers may fish with two poles with the accompanying endorsement.
Each angler aboard a vessel may deploy salmon angling gear until the daily salmon limit for all anglers on a boat has been reached.
The Skagit co-managers (Fish and Wildlife and treaty tribes) will closely watch sockeye returns to the Baker River upstream fish trap to ensure broodstock goals are meeting objectives, the release said.
Fish and Wildlife will monitor the Baker Lake fishery and the numbers of sockeye hauled to the lake to ensure 1,500 sockeye remain in the lake for natural spawning.
If lake escapement appears to be in jeopardy, the lake fishery may be closed.
The Puget Sound summer crab fishing season is underway. Locally, Marine Areas 6 (East Juan de Fuca Strait), 8-1 (Deception Pass), 8-2 (Port Susan/Everett), and 9 (Port Gamble and Admiralty Inlet) are open Thursday through Monday until Sept. 7.
Marine Area 7 South (San Juan Islands/Bellingham) will remain open until Sept. 28 on the Thursday-Monday schedule.
For those who prefer freshwater, the statewide Trout Derby continues through Oct. 31.
The free event features more than 100 stocked lakes, including Erie, McMurray and Sixteen locally, according to the release.
Due to the pandemic, anglers are urged to keep a distance of at least 6 feet and avoid crowded banks, piers or boat ramps.
Stocked kokanee in Lake Cavanaugh and Lake Samish are biting for those willing to start around sunrise. Different combinations of dodgers, lures and depths are recommended to learn what these finicky fish are interested in on a given day.
Lake Cavanaugh is also a good producer of cutthroat trout.
People are advised to be careful while out enjoying nature because encounters can occur with potentially dangerous wildlife, like moose with calves, bears, coyotes or cougars.
Conflicts can be prevented by being alert and aware of surroundings and making sure to take precautions when hiking, picnicking or camping, the release said. That includes making noise to alert animals and keeping food secured since smells attract animals, particularly bears.
Baby animals should be left alone, even if they appear to be orphaned or abandoned. Most have a parent foraging or hunting nearby.