OLYMPIA – Anglers will soon have an opportunity to catch lunker trout in Beaver Lake near Issaquah, thanks to the release of about 3,000 hatchery rainbows that average approximately three pounds each.
The release by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is scheduled for the week of Nov. 13. The trout were part of an educational display at WDFW's Issaquah Hatchery.
Beaver Lake is best fished by small boat, although anglers can also be successful fishing from shore, said Chad Jackson, district fish biologist for WDFW.
The lake’s access site is most easily reached by way of East Beaver Lake Drive Southeast, off Southeast 24th Street in the city of Sammamish. Parking for vehicles and boat trailers is limited, and a valid WDFW vehicle access permit (http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/discoverpass/) must be easily visible in or on vehicles parked at the access site.
Beaver Lake is one of several westside lowland lakes open to fishing year-round. Internal combustion boat engines are prohibited on the lake. All anglers 15 years of age and older are required to have a valid fishing license. The daily bag limit is five fish, and bait anglers must keep the first five trout they catch.
Anglers are advised to check the 2006/2007 Fishing in Washington (/fishing/regulations) sport fishing rules pamphlet for complete details.