We have been going to Diamond Lake Resort for about 5 years - for about 2 weeks in June and maybe in the fall. We take our 17 foot boat to fish for nothing but Trout. It isn't a deep lake at all. You do need 2 anchors for your boat - front and back. The wind can get going pretty good and change directions on you during the day. You might have some luck trolling but these trout love power bait. Last year the color and flavor was chartruese and garlic. This year we had great luck with Rainbow Candy and garlic scent. You have to be patient once you achor in a spot you find fish. When I mean patient.... don't move every 1 hour. We picked a spot, baited up, checked our bait every 1/2 hour or so. You need a long leader from your slide weight...4-5 foot long. Leave your tension very loose and then when the fish takes the bait - your'll hear the "tension click." Wait a might til they swallow it since you have your tiny 3 prong hook covered with power bait. The fish might or probably will get stuck in the weeds. All is not lost... hold your pole high and reel while you tease it out of the weeds. I really mean don't pull with all your might ~! Shake your pole while you hole it up high like you were shaking your finger at someone. Last resort you can put a bouy on your front anchor line and go chase the fish to it's spot in the weeds. These fish can be sneaky.... you might think your line is going in and out... maybe I have a fish? Finally, you reel in and you have a surprise mystery fish. We caught 81 trout this last week. You are allowed 2 days catch on your person. We stored our catch in the cabin's freezer so it was like we had taken our catch home and ready for the next day.
The lodge staff is great, always helpful with things you might need or for questions about the area. We usually eat in the cafe and have sandwich and the dinner salad. What a good meal. We love the housekeeping staff - they are hard working, seem to enjoy each others company, tease all the time and are always there for you. The boat dock for this lake has to deal with quite a bit of wind. Be sure to call ahead to hold a rental spot for your boat. Most people bring 20 foot to small boats. Some seem fairly big at 24+. The speed on the lake is 10 mph and no skiing or towing sports toys. Just fishing. We did see the Lake police chase someone down for a speeding ticket last week.
We took a hike / walk every day. The area is beautiful around the lake. You can watch the fishermen in their boats or the woods that you are in. Lots of Eagles snatching fish out of the lake during the day. There is a very nice campground around the whole lake which can get pretty full. There are several boat docks around the lake with full restrooms and great showering facilities.
We enjoy staying in the studio apartments. Full kichen, bath with a shower, view of the great view of the lake and quiet at night. Our bed was soft and in good condition. Bring extra pillows. We have never had a thief problem. We would leave our windows open with the shades down. On our boat we left our poles ect with out problems. The marina staff is great and there is an excellent fishing cleaning station with "very , very cold water.~!
This isn't the Hilton, it's a rustic lodge and cabins in the woods with an excellent lake full of trout~!
We wish they had a fitness center. We like to be active on our trips. A frew treadmills and weight machines would be nice.
If you can stand cold water for just a bit it is very comfortable to swim, play and do some water aerobics in the water by the lodge.
There is plenty of area for the kids to ride their bikes on trails and near the lodge. Just need to be careful of all the fishing man's trucks and boats moving around.
PS... your just 11 miles from Crater Lake.
Signed.... I love to fish almost as much as my husband.~!
- Also Known As:
- Diamond Lake Hotel Diamond Lake
- Diamond Lake Resort Diamond Lake