I'm looking to head towards Baker lake this weekend and poke around for some steelhead along the way from Whidbey. I was wondering if it's worth loading up the pontoon and maybe staying a night to fish Baker lake.
I'm heading up to Baker this weekend with the family. I haven't been in about 15 years, but growing up we caught ok-sized rainbows from shore and near some of the creek inlets. They are in there, it's just a giant-ass lake so they are tough to find.
At the time I had not yet converted to the way of the fly. I was probably dunking worms or powerbait. That said, this weekend I'm fly only and will report back if I see fish and/or if I'm lucky enough to have them try out a tasty fly pattern. There are a ton of sculpins in that lake, so I imagine if you were tossing some streamers from shore, you'd have a shot late in the day.
I haven't decided if I will bring the float tube when I go up. Float tubing sort of defeats the purpose of camping with the family though, so I'll probably fish from shore while my kids throw rocks in the water .
Full color report coming sometime soon, but we camped at Shannon Creek campground, which is about 8 miles up the lake (about 2 miles after the road turns to gravel). The lake was very high and pretty chalky due to runoff. Managed one 12" kokanee on a beadhead pheasant tail nymph (they were chomping on some very large flying ants on the surface occasionally) and a very nice 15-16" rainbow stripping a wooley bugger over some logs. Wasn't hot by any means, but they are there.