What a long, strange trip it's been for a small striped fish native to Japan that apparently hitched a cross-Pacific ride in a small boat believed to be part of a tide of debris from that country's March 2011 tsunami.
The lake has historically closed on Oct. 31 and reopened to fishing on the traditional trout opener in late April. But after a rule change by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2012, it's now likely to become a popular ice-fishing destination.
Paul Herbling ushered in the 2013 fishing season by catching one of the first trout of the year on New Year's Day while fishing off the frozen surface of the Diamond Lake. This year marks what could be the last time that the fishing season will stop for winter.
The mountain goat population appears to be growing on Central Oregon's Mount Jefferson, two years after Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs returned the high-climbing animals to the peak.