For the first time, anglers will be able to fish for sockeye salmon in Baker Lake, the state just announced. The opening, starting Thursday, will happen because the fish are returning in significantly higher numbers than expected.
From Thursday until further notice, anglers can retain up to two adult sockeye salmon that exceed 18 inches in length from Baker Dam upstream to the mouth of the Baker River.
All other salmon must be released, and no fishing will be allowed between the dam and the log boom at the lower end of the lake.
More than 10,000 sockeye have …