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fishing is good sporting, eating Despite a wide variety of alpine lakes, native salmon streams and one of the state's finest smallmouth bass lakes, the Issaquah area is not a major attrac- tion for local anglers. Out-of-towners do most of the fishing in the area's lakes and streams, say state officials. If you ask a" local fisher- man where he enjoys his favorite sport, he will begin by telling you about all the places he drags his boat to in Eastern Washington, or up the Snoqualmie or Sno- homish rivers. And then, a little later in the conversation, he will begin to talk about the fish he caught "'just a few minutes from the house," or "when we were.just out poking around one day." "Lake Sammamish,'" says the state's most relied-upon fishing publication, "'is pro- bably the most underfished lake in the state. And no one knows why, because the fish are certainly there." Perhaps, they say, its the old "the grass is always greener" theory. More like- ly, it's true that fishing needs a bit of discomfort or at least a long, cold truck ride to be worth the doing. But fishermen who don't work Lake Sammamish, or even Pine Lake, are missing some superb sport and eating fish. Alex Bradbury, a fisheries biologist who heads the state's research project on Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington, says the bass fishermen from throughout the state are reporting con- sistent success. From 1900 to 1960, the lake was known as a top largemouth bass area, with fish feeding in the bushy vegetation and sunken forest area, especially in the far north and far south side. But in 1973, the first smallmouth bass fishing trips were taken by boaters on Lake Sammamish. Overall sports fishing stats for the past year show: --3700 yellow perch taken --2200 smallmouth bass kept (another 5 percent re- turned) --1700 cutthroat trout landed --369 Kokanee salmon caught -300 largemouth bass reported. Additional numbers of king and coho salmon were landed. A few steelhead were reported. An untold number of pumpkinseed, catfish and black crappie were caught, Bradbury says. The lake is about eight miles long, covering more than 4,890 acres of surface area. The deepest point is only 100 feet deep, with Issaquah Creek, to the south, as the principal inlet, and the Sammamish River, to the north, as the main outlet. The lake drains into Lake Washington, and shares several salmon stoc with that body of water. An excellent map and pamphlet on fishing Lake Sammamish has been pro- ducedthis year by the state Game Department. It pro- vides detailed information on fishing tackle that seems to work on the various species, access areas and park launch hours, as well as detailed descriptions of. the game fish and non- game fish found in Lake Sammamish and Lake ...... Washington. Pine Lake, a small, 86- acre trout lake northeast of town, is the area's premiere fishing hole for parents with kids. Pine Lake would natural- ly have a diverse population of fish, including bass, but is one of the many water areas controlled by the state as a trout fishing "'sanc- tuary.'" Somewhere around 30,000 to 50,000 rainbow trout fingerlings are stocked in the lake every year, pro- viding an opening day feast for small boat anglers and a taste of success year round. Planting records suggest the state has been augmenting the local production of trout in the lake since at least 1936. There are other fishing spots in the area, but most consist of little streams and creeks known only to local fisherman, and mostly on private land. There is another sport of note for the angler who is more interested in the table value of his catch than in the sport of landing it. Lake Sammamish sup- ports a strong crawfish population. The highly edi- ble little snappers are trap- ped each year by small buoyed pots located close to the banks. State regulations say a person may retain 10 pounds of fish in the shell every day, with no seasonal limits. Two pots per person is the maximum. Each pot must have a buoy and the name and ad- dress of the fisherman must be painted on the buoy. One local legend in crawfishing is Issaquah den- tist Barry Feder, who has brightened many a table with his catches. Feder says salmon scraps, including heads and tails, make excellent bait for the crawfish. "The limit is plen- ty," Feder laughs. "'Anyone trying to eat that much would be stuffed to the gills." Prepare the crawfish just like lobster, he says. There is no need to clean them first, but you can eat only the tails and the claws. A person can eat about 25 of the critters if hungry, he said. His cooking instructions are simple: bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the fish, and when the water returns to a boil, cook seven minutes. Adding a com- mercial seasoning, like "'Alexis' crab boil," or "Rex's crab boil," will spice things up, he says. Fish should be cooled to room temperature to maximize flavor, he added. One warning to visiting fishermen: the town of Issa- quah does not have a major sporting goods store, and the two hardware stores in town do not stress fishing tackle or offer salespeople with strong fishing exper- ience. Also, there are no fuel docks at Lake Sammamish. So bring your gear, bring your gas and bring home something for dinner. -- Terry McLafferty IN ISSAQUAH "Serving the Eastside Since 1910. "' Seafood Poultry Choice Locker Beef Old Fashioned Meat Market Fresh Seafood Counter Homemade Fresh Sausages Federally Inspected Daily Specialty Items For Any Occasion Open 8-5:30 Monday through Saturday 85 Front St. N., lssaquah 1392-31311 Have your own kind of adventure i i i We think anyone can have an adventure in Issaquah. i Of course you needn't leap from an air- plane, swirl down the icy waters of Issaquah creek or duck the gales of Tiger Mountain, as our adventure writers chronicle in these pages. You can sit quietly on a river bank and pan for gold You can cast a fishing line into one of the finest bass lakes in the state. You can float effortlessly into the air by para- sail and soar 50 feet above the blue waters of Lake Sammamish. Or you can simply watch any of the above Our visitor guide also tells you about some interesting places to shop for exotic candies, beautiful plants and flowers and any number of trinkets and gee gaws. A complete guide to eating out tells you where to find a quiet gourmet dinner for two or 50 hamburgers for a busload of teenagers. In Issaquah, you can spend an evening at the Village Theatre, where plays and musicals are performed year round. Or spend an afternoon wandering through the state salmon hatchery or town museum. State, county and city parks have ball fields and playgrounds for adults and kids. You can find all these places on a specially-designed map inside this issue. A statistical profile of people living around the Issaquah area is also included in this issue, along with some of the town's plans for the future, the workings of city and school government, poetry about the area written by local residents and lots more. If you've been to the town before, this guide may tell you about places you have not seen before. If you're here for the first time, we hope we've given you reason to come back for more -- adventures or not! --Press staff Articles ADVENTURES Innertubing down Issaquah Creek .......... 4 Flying high in an ultralite ................. 8 The rush for gold ....................... 18 Taking a first parachute jump ............. 28 Parasailing: flying on a string ............. 32 Hiking the summit of Tiger Mountain ...... 38 Playing in the parks ...................... 6 Salmon hatchery ........................ 7 Local celebrations and events ............ 10 Map of the greater Issaquah area ....... 12-13 Complete guide to eating out ............. 14 Museum restored to its old self ............ 16 Fishing offers good sporting... ........... 22 Salmon Days schedule .................. 24 Statistical survey of Issaquah people ....... 25 Equestrian centers ...................... 27 City Tourism Committee ................. 27 Mt. Rainier visits Issaquah ............... 31 Shopping unique stores .................. 34 Wildflowers of the area .................. 37 Touring the home of Julius Boehm ........ 40 Shopping in Gilman Village .............. 43 Water slide park coming in 1984 .......... 43 School district information ............... 43 Poetry of Issaquah ...................... 44 Clubs in the area ....................... 46 Village Theatre shows ................... 48 Advertisers AA Rentals ............................ 15 Bakamus Truck Repair .................. 15 Bell-Anderson Realty .................... 23 Bicycle Center .............. , ........... 9 Boehm's .............................. 36 Book People ........................... 35 Brandy's .............................. 45 Browse and Barter ....................... 9 Chamber of Commerce ................. 24 Cheveu ............................... 19 Churches ............................. 26 City Lights Video ....................... 17 Mark Cohn, O. D ................... ..... 2 Community Enterprises of Issaquah ........ 23 Country Interiors ....................... 19 Creative Enterprises ..................... 45 Creekside Professional Center ............. 9 Table of contents Crossroads Mall ........................ 39 Curl Company ..................... .... 30 Cut Away ............................. 33 Danielson Jewelers ...................... 5 Darigold Farms ........................ 34 Dental Community ..................... 35 Diet Center ............................ 36 Eastside Equipment ...................... 6 Eastside Rock Products .... : ............. 15 Elizabeth D ....................... ..... 17 Fairhills Montessori ..................... 39 Fast Lady Sports ........................ 20 Feed Store ............................. 23 Fischer's Meats ......................... 22 Foothills Travel ........................ 19 Front Street Books ...................... 42 Front Street Photo and Frames ............ 41 Front Street Workout .................... 19 Gilman Square ......................... 27 Gilman Station .......................... 6 Gull Station ............................ 30 Gymnastics East ........................ 19 Haus of Antiques ....................... 17 H itchman Trailers ...................... 41 Holiday Shoppe ........................ 11 Issaquah Art Center ..................... 42 Issaquah Automotive Center .............. 2 Issaquah Drug & Hallmark Shop .......... 15 Issaquah Family Chiropractic Center ...... 42 Issaquah Floral & Gift Shoppe ............. 5 Issaquah Gallery ....................... 39 Issaquah Glass ......................... 15 Issaquah Park Plaza ...................... 9 Issaquah Press ......................... 36 Issaquah Waterbed World ................ 15 Jay Berry's ............................. 17 Ted Kadet, O. D ......................... 2 Kentucky Fried Chicken .................. 6 King and Bunny's ....................... 14 Kitchen Cupboard ...................... 20 Lakeside Sand and Gravel ................ 33 Lawson Disposal ....................... 33 Lewis Hardware ......................... 9 Loft .................................. 20 Lutheran Bible Institute .................. 29 Mandarin Garden ....................... 42 Ming's ................................. 5 Monohon's ............................ 19 Nature's Gallery ........................ 21 Old National Bank ...................... 41 Onkel Osmund's ........................ 5 Original Ellen's ........................ 20 t Overlake Hospital ...................... 45 Pacific Para Sail ........................ 10 Paper Place ............................ 20 Pappagallo ............................ 20 Perry Stained Glass ...................... 5 Pets In Style ........................... 47 Pine Lake Family Medicine ............... 45 Powers Insurance Agency ................ 41 Puget Power ........................... 14 Puget Sound Baking Company ............. 7 Ramesco Communications ............... 17 Reid Sand and Gravel ................... 30 Rollin' Log Tavern ...................... 42 Seattle First National Bank ............... 39 Skyport Airfield ......................... 2 Squak Mountain Greenhouse ............. 11 Steel & Sun Photography ...... ............ 5 Studio 185 ............................. 48 Suds Shop ............... i ............. 33 Sun Sun Restaurant ...................... 2 Sylvia's Swimwear ...................... 33 Harold Tate, C.P.A ..................... 42 Thinker Toys ........................... 17 Trailer Time East ........................ 6 Valley Growers .......................... 2 Veterinarians Group .................... 10 Village Family Medical Center ............ 41 Village Florist .......................... 11 Village Men's Shop ..................... 23 Village Theatre ......................... 30 Vogue La Grande ........................ 2 Waterworks Park ....................... 21 Visitor Guide staff Managing Editor: Debbie Berto Associate Editor: Rodi Shemeta Ludlum Contributing Writers: Debbie L. Romano, Terry McLafferty, Harvey Manning, Ellen Reichman, Wilma Coleman, Rhoda Donkin, Mavis Amundson Photographers: Debbie Brusius, Debbie L. Romano, Rodi Shemeta Ludlum, Terry McLafferty, Debbie Berto Advertising: Brian Bretland, Joan Blincoe, Debbie Berto Design and Layout: Rodi Shemeta Ludlum Typography: Murray Publishing Company Published September 28, 1983