State shuts down Beaver Lake access soon to stock rainbow trout

November 5, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 5, 2011

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to release about 2,300 Issaquah Salmon Hatchery-raised rainbow trout into Beaver Lake soon.

The access site at the lake is due to close at sunset Nov. 7 to prepare for the Nov. 8 release. The lake reopens at sunrise Nov. 9, but the lake is open to fishing even as the access site is shut down.

State Fishery Biologist Aaron Bosworth said Beaver Lake is best fished by small boat, although anglers also can find some success in fishing from shore.

Beaver Lake is among a group of Western Washington lowland lakes open to fishing year round. The state prohibits internal combustion boat engines on the lake. The state requires all anglers 15 and older to carry a valid fishing license to fish at Beaver Lake.

The daily bag limit is five fish — only two of the fish can exceed 15 inches in length — and bait anglers must keep the first five trout caught.

Beaver Lake is most easily reached from East Beaver Lake Drive Southeast, off of Southeast 24th Street. The site includes limited parking for vehicles and boat trailers.

Vehicles must display a valid Department of Fish and Wildlife Vehicle Access Pass or a Discover Pass.

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