The plant of 2,000 rainbow trout averaging 2 to 3 pounds into Beaver Lake near Issaquah is just on the horizon.
State Fish and Wildlife will release the fish on Wednesday, Nov. 7, and the access site will be closed at sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and then reopen at sunrise Thursday, Nov. 8. The lake, however, will remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.
These chunky 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.
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.