|ODFW photos taken April 20. Diamond Lake and North Boat Ramp remain under ice while Lemolo Reservoir’s ice cover is breaking up.
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-
ROSEBURG, Ore. – Trout anglers loyal to Lemolo Reservoir and Diamond Lake can begin fishing this Saturday, April 25 when the season officially opens.
Lemolo Reservoir will receive 2,000 trout this week, and anglers can access the Lodge’s boat ramp. The shoreline is ice-free and remaining ice is breaking up with the warmer weather. Poole Creek boat ramp is plowed and there is plenty of boat and bank angler access.
The ice cover is thinning at Diamond Lake, and anglers are advised to be extremely cautious. Those who choose to ice fish are reminded that man-made ice holes can be no larger than 12 inches in diameter or length.
As of Monday, the North Boat Ramp is plowed although the lake is still inaccessible to boaters. Contact Diamond Lake Resort for current ice conditions at 1-800-733-7593, extension 238 for Marina or 222 for Front Desk.
With an anticipated 165,000 rainbow trout over 12 inches currently in Diamond Lake, ODFW plans to stock fingerlings later in June.
Toketee Reservoir, which has both boat and bank access, is a good spot to fish in the early morning hours for brown trout, and ODFW will stock Clearwater Forebay #2 with 1,500 rainbow trout this week.
Many other area lakes and reservoirs have been stocked and anglers can check the trout stocking schedule on the ODFW website. Anglers are reminded of new regulations this year including that it is unlawful to use live crayfish and live leeches for bait. Check the gear and bait restrictions in the 2009 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for more information.
The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The agency consists of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, a commission-appointed director and a statewide staff of approximately 950 permanent employees. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state. For additional information.