Beaver Lake receives 1,200 large hatchery rainbow trout for Aug. 21
August 20, 2013
Get out your fishing pole. It’s time to catch large trout in Beaver Lake, thanks to the release of about 1,200 hatchery rainbows averaging about 1 pound each.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was scheduled to release the fish Aug. 20. The agency was to close the Beaver Lake access site at sunset Aug. 19 and reopen the site at sunrise Aug. 21. Beaver Lake, however, was to remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.
The trout were part of an educational display at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
In previous years, the department released the trout into Beaver Lake in the fall. But this year, nearly half of the fish were set to be released Aug. 20 to allow for the construction of a new water intake at the hatchery, Justin Spinelli, fishery biologist for the department, said in a press release.
“We plan to release the remaining 1,300 trout later in the fall,” he said.
Beaver Lake is best fished by small boat, although anglers also can be successful fishing from shore, Spinelli said.
The 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 Pass or Discover Pass must be visible in vehicles parked at the access site. Learn more about the passes at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/discoverpass.
Beaver Lake is one of several lowland lakes in Western Washington open to fishing year round. Internal combustion boat engines are prohibited on the lake. All anglers 15 years and older are required to have a valid fishing license.
The daily limit is five trout, only two of which can exceed 15 inches in length. Check out the sport fishing rules pamphlet at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.