Oregon's Cascade Lakes Report

Diamond Lake

Fishing on Diamond has finally picked up, lots of bugs coming off from Damsels to callibaetis. The biggest mistake an angler could make is trying to match the hatch. The fish only seem to be interested in black mini leeches and chironomids. A damsel nymph may also be productive. Concentrate your efforts in the south end and focus on the weed beds that spike up in 12 to ten feet of water. 3x/4x fluorocarbon.

Crane Prairie

Producing some smaller fish but the big ones are few and far between. Fishing has remained slow all summer. Concentrate your efforts on the deep channels where the creeks and rivers come in because that is where the water is the coldest and fish are most active.

Davis Lake

Bass are always a moody fish but keep throwing rubberleg patterns into the lava dam with fifteen feet of 15lb fluoro. Early morning poppers can produce as well. Look for isolated groups of fish moving around in the open areas between the lilly pads. Strip some weedless olive buggers for the fish you spot. Can make for some exciting summer spot and stalk scenarios.

Little lava/ Big lava-

Both these lakes always seem to produce no matter what the weather. Deep suspended chironomids on about thirteen feet of 4x fluoro, will hook you up with some quality rainbows and monster brookies. Some days are slower than others but this time of year the fishing can be really good. The rocky shoal on the opposite side of little lavas boat ramp seems to be where the fish are stacking up.

East Lake-

Fishing has been good to excellent for Atlantic salmon and medium sized browns. Fish suspended chironomids in about twenty feet of water on the drop offs and points just south of the resort. Wind drifting callibaetis nymphs is also producing. Very few rainbows around but plenty of salmon.-CH

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2 Responses to Oregon's Cascade Lakes Report

  1. chromedout says:

    very insightful report. I will bare all this in mind on my next journey into the cascade lakes region.

  2. TroutHooker says:

    If you keep your nose right at water line long enough, you may suddenly realize those black mini “leeches” look just like a callibaetis emerger.

    Do an emerger lift with a mini leach and see who comes up to salute!

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