Trout anglers will soon have a late summer fishing opportunity as Beaver Lake near Issaquah will get a plant of 1,200 hatchery rainbow trout averaging about one pound apiece.
Usually these fish are released in fall, but state Fish and Wildlife will release the trout on Tuesday, Aug. 20, and the access site will close at sunset on Monday, Aug. 19, and then reopen at sunrise on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The lake will remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.
These trout are part of an educational display at the Issaquah Hatchery.
The early release will allow for the construction of a new water intake at the hatchery, but another 1,300 will be released sometime in the fall to provide more opportunities.
Beaver Lake is one of several lowland lakes in western Washington open to fishing year-round. 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.