Anglers have the opportunity to catch large trout in Beaver Lake near Issaquah, following the release of about 1,200 hatchery rainbows averaging about 1 pound each.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife released the fish Tuesday. The trout were part of an educational display at the state’s Issaquah Hatchery.
In previous years, the state released the trout into the lake in the fall. But this year, nearly half of the fish are being released now to allow for construction of a new water intake at the hatchery, according to a department news release. Another 1,300 trout will be released in the fall.
The lake is best fished by small boat, although anglers also can be successful fishing from shore. The department’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 pass or Discover Pass must be visible.
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 limit is five trout, only two of which can exceed 15 inches in length. For details, check the sport fishing rules at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, firstname.lastname@example.org