Saturday marks the start of the trout-fishing season in Oregon, but only suckers will wait that long.
The ice has melted from Diamond Lake, where you can launch a boat today onto the Pacific Northwest’s best trout lake and get your mess of rainbows while the rest of Southern Oregon waits for Hyatt or Howard Prairie to open.
Suckers. Bulimic. Fantastic.
Since its 2006 poisoning to rid it of tui chubs, Diamond Lake has been such a top-drawer fishery that the limit is eight a day. Catches have been high enough not only to up the limit but change it to year-round fishing.
Ice fishing was hot there until the first part of April, when the ice got so soft not even the bulimic could venture out there.
The ice this week melted, and we’re back in business.
The North Ramp is open and the PowerBait is served.
Right after ice-out, the trout bite can be fantastic. Especially two days before the rest of the world casts.