Want a chance to catch a large rainbow trout? Put some suddenly cheaper gas in your rig and head toward Issaquah and Sammamish next week.
Your target is Beaver Lake, where the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has plans to release 1,800 hatchery rainbows weighing between 3 to 5 pounds each. That’s about 3 tons of rainbows waiting to be caught.
The department is scheduled to release the fish next week. The trout were part of an educational display at the state’s Issaquah Hatchery, said a news release from the department.
Beaver Lake is best fished by small boat, although anglers can find places to fish from shore, said Chad Jackson, a state fish biologist.
The lake’s access site is most easily reached by way of East Beaver Lake Drive Southeast, off Southeast 24th Street in Sammamish. Parking for vehicles and boat trailers is limited, and a valid WDFW vehicle access permit must be easily visible in or on vehicles parked at the access site.
Beaver Lake is one of several westside lowland lakes open to fishing year-round. Internal combustion boat engines are prohibited on the lake. The daily bag limit is five fish, and bait anglers must keep the first five trout they catch.