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November 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Beaver Lake trout plant will occur sooner than originally expected

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The much anticipated plant of big rainbow trout averaging 2 to 3 pounds into Beaver Lake near Issaquah will happen a day earlier than what was first reported, according to state Fish and Wildlife.

The scheduled to release of the fish into the lake Tuesday, Nov. 8. To facilitate fish planting, state Fish and Wildlife will close the lake’s access site at sunset on Monday, Nov. 7, and reopen the site at sunrise on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Beaver Lake, however, will remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.

These 2,500 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.

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 Access Pass or Discover Pass must be visible in vehicles parked at the access site.

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

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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