There: To reach Diamond Lake, follow Hwy 138 east from Roseburg or west from Hwy 97. Turnoffs to the lake are well-signed and easy to find.
Fisheries: Diamond Lake supports a renowned trout fishery. The lake is typically open from late-April through Oct. 31. Check the ODFW website for stocking information.
Information: Fishing is best by boat on the south end of the lake near Silent Creek and on the north end in deep water areas. Bank fishing can also be very productive and there are many good bank opportunities around the lake that can be accessed via the trail network. Fishing is good throughout the season with some of the best fishing occurring during the end of April through May, and in the fall until the season closes.
There are five boat ramps spread around the lake, all are paved and provide good access to the lake. Bank fishing opportunities can be found near the resort, near Lake Creek, and throughout the US Forest Service campgrounds. Boat rentals, guides and other amenities are available at Diamond Lake Resort. It’s a good idea to bring mosquito repellent. The speed limit on the lake is 10 mph.
Tackle & Techniques: Trolling for rainbow trout is one of the most efficient methods on Diamond Lake. Anglers will be successful using a variety of spinners and lures. When anchored near Silent Creek or Lake Creek, use flies (woolly-buggers, black ants) or PowerBait. A wide variety of lures can be successful while trolling: rooster tails, crocodiles and super dupers all produce. Check at Diamond Lake Resort, Marina or store to learn what is working best. The use of live fish is banned here, as it is statewide in freshwater fisheries.
Facilities: The US Forest Service has campgrounds available for both tent and RV campers; campers should make reservations. Diamond Lake Resort has rooms and cabins available.
Fees: Yes, at Forest Service boat ramps and campgrounds. Northwest Forest Pass may be required at some trailheads for hiking.
Additional Activities: Hiking trails lead to the top of Mt. Bailey and Mt. Theilson. The Pacific Crest trail and Crater Lake are nearby. Wildlife viewing and bird watching are plentiful. Swimming is good in the summer; there is an 11-mile paved bike trail around the lake. Snowmobiling and backcountry skiing are available in winter months. Nearby state park: Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area.
ODFW Umpqua Watershed District Office — (541) 440-3353
Diamond Lake Resort — (541) 793-3333 or (800) 733-7593
US Forest Service, Diamond Lake Ranger District — (541) 498-2531