Pine Lake fishermen catch plenty of trout

May 5, 2015

The Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife released figures from the opening day of the lowland lakes fishing season April 25.

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Hundreds of lakes open April 25 
for biggest fishing day of the year

April 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 19, 2015

Beaver and Pine lakes in Sammamish join several hundred lowland lakes — stocked with millions of fish — for fishing’s opening day April 25 for a six-month season.

Anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2016. Purchase licenses online at; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453 toll free; or at hundreds of license dealers across the state. Get details about license vendor locations at

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Opening the archives

May 13, 2014

An ongoing look at memorable images from Issaquah’s past

2009.006.080.084 Boating on Pine Lake Two young women, Gertrude Goode and Bea ?, sit in the stern of a small boat at Pine Lake; hills and trees are in the background. Handwritten beside photo: ’Bea & Gertrude Goode’ and ’Boating on Pine Lake.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album, dated 1911-1921.

Boating on Pine Lake
Two young women, Gertrude Goode and Bea ?, sit in the stern of a small boat at Pine Lake; hills and trees are in the background. Handwritten beside photo: ’Bea & Gertrude Goode’ and ’Boating on Pine Lake.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album, dated 1911-1921.

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email

Fishing season kicks off April 27

April 23, 2013

Bigger trout.

That is what anglers will find lurking in more than 500 lakes and ponds when the statewide trout fishing season begins April 27.

“We had a vision two years ago in our trout-stocking program to boost the size of what we call catchable trout,” said Chris Donley, the state Fish and Wildlife inland fisheries manager.

“We laid out a challenge to our hatchery folks to do this in a cost-effective manner,” Donley said. “They sharpened their pencils, and found a way to produce the same number of trout, yet increase their size. That is a massive gain and very impressive.”

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More kokanee return as community works to restore species

December 4, 2012

Homeowner funds $175,000 culvert project

Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon swim Nov. 27 in the restored stretch of Ebright Creek at Wally Pereyra’s property in the 100 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. By Greg Farrar

Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon — a landlocked cousin of sockeye and a species noted for distinctive red coloration — dwindled in recent decades, since before Wally Pereyra moved into a house along Ebright Creek in 1973.

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Ongoing rainfall to dampen holiday, but worst is done

November 20, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 20, 2012

Expect continued rainfall through Thanksgiving, but not like the blustery, soggy conditions Monday.

Severe rainfall from a series of storms derailed the afternoon commute and raised flooding concerns on local waterways as more than 2 inches of rain soaked the Issaquah area. The storm caused power outages in Issaquah and Sammamish, and prompted Sammamish city officials to close Beaver Lake Preserve and Pine Lake Park due to high wind.

King County road crews spent Monday afternoon removing leaves and debris from storm drains and responding to problems. The state Department of Transportation warned motorists to prepare for waterlogged Thanksgiving travel and snow on the mountain passes.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle forecast rain for Issaquah into next week, although not as bad as the Monday deluge.

The precipitation raises the prospect of localized flooding on city streets.

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Get set to shake, rattle and roll at Pine Lake concert series

July 10, 2012

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of R. Joseph Scott, performs at Pine Lake Park in 2011 during the Concerts in the Park series. File

Pine Lake Park is set to transform into a family-friendly, grooving bandstand this summer with a concert series that promises to have crowds dancing and singing along.

Organizers have been listening to music demos since the beginning of the year and all of their hard work is about to pay off. The 2012 Sammamish Summer Concerts in the Park Series starts with a bang and a few bangles July 12 when The Spyrographs are set to take the stage with their take on ‘60s pop.

“It’s fun music, really diverse and very, very upbeat. Everyone wants to dance to it,” lead singer of The Spyrographs, Cheryl Serio, said.

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Theater troupe goes outdoors with William Shakespeare

July 10, 2012

Free Shakespeare performances are coming to a park near you.

The Wooden O Shakespeare Co. is set to delight outdoor theatergoers this summer with productions of “Twelfth Night” and “The Winter’s Tale.” There will be a total of four performances, as both plays will be held at two separate locations on different dates.

Love has everyone unglued in “Twelfth Night.” Castaway Viola disguises herself as a boy to find work and gets caught in a compromising love triangle.

This comedy brims with wild infatuations, delightful antics and beloved comic characters, according to Wooden O Shakespeare.

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Cool off on a river float, but remember safety tips

June 28, 2012

Rumor has it there’s a season in the year where the sun outmuscles the clouds and shines for more than once a week.

Were that rumor to come true, some rain-drenched, sun-starved Washingtonians will no doubt choose to spend their days tubing in one of the state’s rivers and lakes.

Don Martin, an experienced rescuer, river guide and owner of whitewater rafting company River Recreation, said rivers and lakes offer different advantages.

“The allure of rivers is that you’re traveling to a different section of river,” as you float, he said. A lake offers a calmer alternative, with not so much moving water. Washington state is full of lakes like that, he added.

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Anglers turn out at Pine Lake for lowland lakes opening day

May 8, 2012

Anglers headed to Pine Lake as the lowland lakes fishing season opened April 28 and, on average, caught about three fish apiece.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said 75 anglers checked in at the Sammamish Plateau lake on opening day. The agency said, on average, each angler caught 5.1 fish and harvested 3.07 fish.

(The total for average number of fish caught includes the number of fish released.)

Based on creel checks conducted at 112 lakes across the state, the agency estimated anglers caught 3.99 trout on average.

Statewide, good weather and large trout helped boost the catch.

“The weather was good and so was the fishing,” said Chris Donley, Inland Fish manager for the agency. “We saw a lot of limits taken at lakes around the state.”

The department released 3 million hatchery-reared trout averaging 11 inches to 13 inches — 1 to 3 inches longer than last year — into lakes before opening day.

“Lots of folks noticed those larger fish,” said Mark Downen, a department fish biologist for Mason and Kitsap counties. “With bigger fish and cool but sunny weather, it was all in all a good opener.”

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