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October 26, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Beaver Lake rainbow trout plants coming up soon to boost late fall fishery

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My phone and the emails start to flood in every year around Halloween inquiring about when Beaver Lake on the Issaquah Plateau will be planted with those hefty rainbow trout that are part of an educational display at state Fish and Wildlife’s Issaquah Hatchery.

It is one of those fall sport fisheries that draws plenty of interest on this year-round lake.

“I talked with the guys at the hatchery, and the tentative date to do the plant is Nov. 9,” said Aaron Bosworth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “These will be great, big rainbows (averaging about 3 pounds apiece), and 2,500 fish will go into the lake.”

To facilitate fish planting, state Fish and Wildlife will probably close the Beaver Lake access site at sunset on Nov. 8 and reopen the site at sunrise on Nov. 10. Beaver Lake, however, will remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.

Beaver Lake is best fished by small boat, although anglers also can be successful fishing from shore.

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The lake’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 state Fish and Wildlife vehicle use permit must be easily visible in or on vehicles parked at the access site.

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 bag limit is five fish, only two of which can exceed 15 inches in length.

(Photos taken by Mark Harrison, Seattle Times staff photographer)

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