2014 marks the second year that Diamond Lake is open for trout fishing year round, providing Southern Oregon anglers with a great opportunity for ice fishing. The lake is currently frozen over with mostly hard ice, making it safe for people to venture out in search of the large trout that swim in the lake.
Before yesterday’s precipitation hit us, the Diamond Lake Resort was reporting that there was almost no snow on the ice. After this weekend, expect there to be plenty of snow, but not enough to make things difficult for fishing.
Reports thus far have been a little slow, however fish are being caught as they start to get acclimated to the ice. Most of the fishing takes place in the shallower water where food and oxygen are more abundant for the trout. This typically makes the south end of Diamond Lake the go to spot for ice fishing, as it is much shallower than other areas. Directly in front of the resort is another popular spot, as it’s easily accessible and close to a hot lunch and spot to warm up.
The most recent reports have the best fishing coming from in 15 to 20 feet of water and using PowerBait being best. Night crawlers and white crappie jigs are also popular baits.
Before venturing out, it is always recommended to give the Diamond Lake Resort a call (541-793-3333) for the latest ice conditions and fishing report. For more info and help on ice fishing Diamond Lake check out the Resort’s Tips Page.