Early Season Fishing Can Be Good

Detroit Reservoir - Detroit, OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
4-10-2019
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This large reservoir was stocked the week of April 1 for the first time this year with about 3,300 larger trout. Early season fishing can be good because fish such as kokanee and rainbow trout remain active in the colder months. As an added bonus, there’s usually no line at the boat ramps. Reducing your trolling speed can be an effective technique if the bite is not on.

With all the rain that has fallen in recent days the reservoir water elevation is above normal for this time of year.  Currently, the water elevation is only about 10 feet below full pool. The Mongold State Park boat ramp is available to launch boats, but most other boat ramps are still closed. Check the US Army Corps of Engineer’s website for more information.

NOTICE: Regular anglers of Detroit Lake may notice that this year’s hatchery trout are averaging a bit bigger this year than in past years. This is because ODFW has decided to stock a fewer but larger fish this year. Anglers are encouraged to report their catch on forms available at signs and kiosks which have been installed at key locations around the lake. Simply fill out the form and return in the designated drop boxes. There is also an on-line form. Remember to indicate whether the fish you catch have their adipose fin or not. This information will allow ODFW to manage the fishery for the benefit of both recreational anglers and the resource. 




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, April 10th

John C Boyle Reservoir: Brown Bullhead Catfish Are Your Best Bet
Agency Lake: Catch Rates Remain Low
YellowJacket lake: Can't Get Within 2 Miles of The Lake
Priday Reservoir: Best FIshing is Close to The Bank
Sprague River: Sprague River Early April Update
Warm Springs Reservoir: 49 Percent Full
Willow Valley Reservoir: Bass FIshing Good In April
Klamath River - Upper - CA: Flows Are High
Klamath River - Middle: Fishing Not Recommended Due To High Flows
Klamath River - Lower: Challenging Fishing Conditions Right Now
Phillips Reservoir: 26 Percent of Capacity and Increasing
Pilcher Reservoir: Fishing is Not Advised
Devils Lake: Reservoir is Ice Free
Dog Lake: Perch Fishing is Good
Blitzen River: Spring Run Off is Here
Ana River: Great For Match-The-Hatch
Ana Reservoir: A Few Hybrid Bass Are Being Caught
Gerber Reservoir: Yellow Perch or Brown Bullhead Catfish Are Best Fishing Right Now
Tenmile Lakes: Fishing Beginning To Turn On
Lemolo Lake: Fishing Can Be Good After Snow Melts
Loon Lake: Fishing is Picking Up
Lost Creek Reservoir: First Stocking Last Week
Umpqua River: Umpqua River Early April Update
Rogue River Lower: Anglers Still Catching Winter Steelhead
Rogue River - Middle: Anglers Are Catching Winter Fish
Chetco River: Fishing Closed Until May 22
Diamond Lake: Ice May Start To Break Any Day
Applegate Reservoir: Successful Trolling
Arizona Pond: Stocked Early Last Month
Lake Selmac: Anglers Having Good Success
Smith River: Great Place For Winter Steelhead
Saunders Lake: Recent Rainbow Trout Stocking
Rogue River Upper: Upper Rogue is Extremely High
Lake Marie: Stocked Week of April 1
Roulet Pond: Pond is Ice Free
Wallowa Lake : Currently Frozen
Wallowa River: River is Blown Out
Willow Creek Lake: Great Time of Year to Fish Willow Creek
Ladd Peach Pond: Tagged Fish Could Have a $50 Reward
John Day River: Flows Are High
Lake Billy Chinook: Anglers Reporting Success With Bull Trout
Metolius River: Good Trout Fishing
Hood River: River is High and Off Color
Deschutes River: River Won't Be Fishable For At Least Another Week
Green Peter Reservoir: Completely Full
Hills Creek Reservoir: Fishing Should Get Better This Week

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