OLYMPIA - Anglers will have an opportunity next week to catch lunker trout in Beaver Lake near Issaquah, thanks to the release of about 2,000 hatchery rainbows in the 1- to 3-pound range.
The release by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is scheduled for the week of Nov. 14. The trout were part of an educational display at WDFW's Issaquah Hatchery.
Beaver Lake is best fished by small boat, according to WDFW fisheries managers. The access site is most easily reached via East Beaver Lake Drive Southeast, off Southeast 24th Street in the city of Sammamish.
Parking for vehicles and boat trailers is limited. Internal combustion engines are prohibited on the lake. A valid WDFW vehicle access permit 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. Most other lowland lakes closed to trout fishing Oct. 31. All anglers 15 years of age and older are required to have a valid fishing license. The daily bag limit is five fish. Bait anglers must count all trout, whether kept or released, as part of their daily limit. Each angler must keep his or her fish separate from other anglers’ fish.
Anglers are advised to check the 2005/06 “Fishing in Washington” sport fishing rules pamphlet for complete details. The pamphlet is available at hundreds of retail outlets, or on the department’s website.