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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 24, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Toxic algae means Anderson Lake won’t be open for trout fishing tomorrow

I wonder why they couldn’t of warned us about this any earlier, but anglers planning a trip to Anderson Lake in Jefferson County for tomorrow’s opening day of trout fishing should make alternative plans.

Jefferson County Public Health and Washington State Parks have closed public access to the lake due to the presence of toxic algae.

“The algae blooms are producing a dangerous neurotoxin, which poses a risk to public health,” Thom Johnson, a district state Fish and Wildlife biologist said in a news release.

“Because the health department has advised the public to stay completely away from the lake, anglers will need to choose another place to fish on Saturday’s opener,” Johnson said. “This is disappointing because Anderson Lake is very popular with local anglers, but the health risk is too high.”

Jefferson County Public Health also has advisories for nearby Leland and Gibbs lakes.

“The presence of algae blooms has caused the health department to warn against swimming, drinking the water or eating any fish caught in those lakes,” Johnson said.

Other lakes in east Jefferson County that have been stocked with trout for opening day include Horseshoe, Ludlow, Sandy Shore, Silent, Tarboo and Teal.

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