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Diamond Lake named a top U.S. winter fishing spot

Diamond Lake has been named one of the country’s top winter fishing destinations for 2021, according to a fishing website called fishingbooker.com.

The rainbow trout fishery at Diamond Lake was one of seven spots across the U.S. the website calls a “bucket list” destination for ice fishing.

“When the winter comes along, Diamond Lake becomes a winter wonderland,” according to the website. “Besides fishing for tasty rainbows, there’s a lot more you can do around here. Some of the most popular outdoor activities are snowshoeing, snow tubing and cross-country skiing. If you’re an outdoor junkie, you won’t get bored easily around here.”

In addition to trophy-sized rainbows, the lake is stocked annually with both tiger and German brown trout. However, those species are strictly catch-and-release as they were introduced to prey on the invasive tui chub.

The lake has fully frozen over, and according to reports from visitors and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the fishing has been fruitful.

However, the resort posted a statement on its Facebook page last Thursday that those wishing to go ice fishing should continue to exercise caution. While the combination of ice, slush and snow is up to 16 inches deep in spots, the primary layer of bottom ice is just 4 inches deep.

Other ice fishing destinations lauded by the website included Mitchell and Cadillac lakes in northwest Michigan, Green Lake in central Wisconsin and Flaming Gorge Reservoir in northeast Utah.

For updated ice conditions, call Diamond Lake Resort at 541-793-3333. Fishing conditions can also be found at www.myodfw.com under the Recreation Report tab.

Mount Bailey stands above a frozen and snow-covered Diamond Lake. The fishing website www.fishingbooker.com named Diamond Lake one of its top winter fishing destinations in the country. Roseburg News-Review / file