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ODFW boosts summer fishery at Diamond Lake

July 9, 2014

SALEM, Ore.β€”The Access and Habitat board will meet July 21-22 for a field tour and board meeting.

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Nearly 24,000 legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout are headed to Diamond Lake starting this week to boost fishing at one of Oregon’s most popular lakes.

“With the hot weather in Roseburg and Medford, this is a great time to head up to Diamond Lake and get some fishing in,” said Laura Jackson, Umpqua District Fish Biologist.  Jackson added that 206,000 fish stocked in 2013 – fingerlings, legals and sub-legals – should all now be in the 12 to 16-inch range.

Fish stocking has fluctuated over the last several years to try to balance the lake’s fishery and ecosystem according to the Diamond Lake Management Plan. Starting this year, ODFW moved to a stabilized stocking of 275,000 fingerlings per year. This may allow better comparison between stocking rates, ecological parameters and angler success.

“We hope anglers will escape the summer heat in the next few weeks and take advantage of this new opportunity at Diamond Lake,” said Jackson. “Late August bow hunters may want to throw their fishing pole in with their gear and check out the lake, too. We should have a nice fall fishery.”

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 about 950 permanent employees. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas and Roseburg with ten district offices located throughout the state. Visit www.odfw.com.

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Contact:
Laura Jackson (541) 440-3353
Meghan Dugan (541) 440-3353
Fax: (541) 673-0372

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