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Diamond Lake

Head out to Diamond Lake for some of the state’s best trout fishing. Big fish, big lake, big views – Diamond Lake has it all! Spend a day at Oregon’s Gem of the Cascades or stay a while at the Diamond Lake Resort or Forest Service Campgrounds.

Diamond Lake is stocked with rainbow trout that grow fat on summertime bug hatches. The lake is open year-round, including ice fishing. Some of the best fishing is after ice-off in April, May and early June. Fall fishing is also fabulous – and peaceful – when tourist season slows and water temperatures begin to cool.

Starting in 2016, ODFW is stocking sterile tiger trout which are catch-and-release angling only. Biologists hope these trout, once they are large enough next spring, will prey on any invasive fish.

Also in 2016, ODFW put the rainbow trout harvest limit back to five fish per day for consistency with other lakes in the state. From 2012-2015, anglers could keep eight rainbow trout per day at Diamond Lake.

Bank anglers can fish near the resort, near Lake Creek and throughout Forest Service Campgrounds. The best boat fishing is on the south end of the lake near Silent Creek and on the north end in deep waters. Trolling with a variety of spinners and lures is effective. When anchored near Silent Creek or Lake Creek, try flies or PowerBait.

2017 Fishing Season Highlights

  • 15,000 Tiger trout. Tiger trout angling is catch-and-release only.
  • 280,000 Rainbow trout fingerlings.
  • 20,000 Rainbow trout ranging from legal-sized to trophy-sized.
  • Report anyone using live fish for bait to Oregon State Police, 541-440-3334 or the TIP line, 1-800-452-7888.



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