This is a beautiful lake with some great scenery to go along with good fishing. While fishing on the lake you can see the peaks of Mt. Bailey to the west and Mt. Thielsen to the east overlooking the lake. There is a nice campground nestled along the east coast side of the lake with easy access to the water. There are many locations along the lake where you can launch a yak with ease.
The best fishing on the lake is on the southeast end near the Camp Creek inlet. The water is shallow but there are plenty of trout in this area. The water throughout the lake is very clear which makes perfect fishing with any shiny and flashy fishing gear. The weather in the summer is just great with temps hanging around 80's during the day in late July when we were there and cool temps around mid 50's at night.
The lake is of good size so it will take some paddling to get around the entire lake. Be aware of weather changes quickly here because you could start off the morning with clear skies and no wind and within a couple hours high winds, cloudy skies then thunderstorms. The wind can become quite strong here so be prepared and it typically blew from west so try to be west of your launch site in the afternoon so when the wind does start you can just ride the wind back in.
The Diamond Lake Resort is located on the northeast corner of the lake just about two miles north of the campground and offers fishing tackle, tips, food and other entertainment. The resort also offers guided fishing trips which may be a good way to spend a few hours one day to learn where the fish are and how to catch them.
Be aware the lake is overgrowing with heavy overgrown grass on the bottom which can become a hassle and it is easy to get tangled while fishing.
Pristine scenery all around and a beautiful lake with plenty fish to enjoy. We camped at the campground on the east coast of the lake and we had a spot just a few feet from the water with easy access to launch the yak. This is a large lake so be prepared to paddle a lot. The mornings were the best because the afternoons get windy and make for some choppy waves and difficult paddling.
One thing to be aware of are the mosquitoes, they are plentiful and huge. We were informed before going there so we loaded up on plenty mosquito repellent and thank goodness we did.