Toxic algae closes fishing at Jefferson County’s Anderson Lake

Olympia – Anglers looking forward to trout season’s opening day
on Saturday, April 25, are advised that Jefferson County Public
Health and Washington State Parks have closed public access to
Anderson Lake in Jefferson County due to the presence of toxic
algae.

Jefferson County Public Health has determined that algae blooms
in Anderson Lake are producing a dangerous neurotoxin, which poses
a risk to public health, said Thom Johnson, district fish biologist
for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

“Because the health department has advised the public to stay
completely away from the lake, anglers will need to choose another
place to fish on Saturday’s opener,” Johnson said. “This is
disappointing because Anderson Lake is very popular with local
anglers, but the health risk is too high.”

Jefferson County Public Health also has advisories for nearby
Leland and Gibbs lakes. “The presence of algae blooms has caused
the health department to warn against swimming, drinking the water
or eating any fish caught in those lakes,” Johnson said. WDFW will
continue to communicate with the health department and parks to
track the situation at the lakes and keep the public informed, he
said.

Johnson reminded anglers that other lakes in east Jefferson
County have been stocked with trout for opening day and throughout
the season. Several lakes include Horseshoe, Ludlow, Sandy Shore,
Silent, Tarboo and Teal.

There are also many good fishing opportunities on opening day in
nearby Kitsap, Mason and Clallam counties, Johnson said.

The WDFW website http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/plants/weekly/provides
information on locations, dates and number of trout stocked in
lakes throughout the state.

Anglers can also find information on WDFW access areas at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/water_access/index.html.

For questions or concerns about toxic algae, the public should
contact Jefferson County Public Health at (360) 385-9444 or (360)
461-9327, Johnson said.

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