Lunkers Heading To Beaver Soon

Wanna catch big trout next month? Beaver Lake on the Sammamish Plateau won’t be the only place to do so. WDFW also plans on stocking Paschall Pond in Chelan County and Black Lake in Thurston County in November, the agency’s trout stocking plan shows.

But the 2,300 2- to 3-pound rainbows going into Beaver will definitely make it a top draw for Central Pugetropolis anglers.

WDFW’s plan is to dump them in Nov. 8, but close its access site from sunset Nov. 7 to sunrise Nov. 9.

Beaver will remain open to fishing during that time, however, and can be fished from boat or bank (there’s a city park on the lake’s west end).

It’s the sixth year in a row that WDFW has stocked the lake in November. The trout come from an educational display at the nearby Issaquah Hatchery.

Internal combustion boat engines are prohibited on Beaver. And while the daily bag limit is five fish, only two of those can exceed 15 inches in length. Bait anglers must keep the first five trout they catch.

WDFW also plans on stocking Battle Ground and Klineline Ponds in Clark County in December.

King County’s Beaver Lake to receive
2,300 large hatchery rainbow trout

OLYMPIA – Anglers will soon have an opportunity to catch lunker trout in Beaver Lake near Issaquah, thanks to the release of about 2,300 hatchery rainbows averaging about 2 to 3 pounds each.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is scheduled to release the fish Nov. 8. To facilitate fish planting, WDFW will close the Beaver Lake access site at sunset on Nov. 7 and reopen the site at sunrise on Nov. 9. Beaver Lake, however, will remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.

The trout were part of an educational display at WDFW’s Issaquah Hatchery.

Beaver Lake is best fished by small boat, although anglers also can be successful fishing from shore, said Aaron Bosworth, fishery biologist for WDFW.

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 WDFW vehicle use permit must be easily visible in or on vehicles parked at the access site. See http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vup/ for more information about vehicle use permits.

Beaver Lake is one of several westside lowland lakes 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 bag limit is five fish, only two of which can exceed 15 inches in length. Bait anglers must keep the first five trout they catch.

Anglers are advised to check the sport fishing rules pamphlet, which is available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

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