Detroit Reservoir Fish Report for 7-21-2021
The reservoir has been stocked several times in recent weeks
Detroit Reservoir - Detroit, OR
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
The reservoir has been stocked several times in recent weeks with one-pound hatchery trout. It was stocked again last week with 3,800 hatchery trout. The reservoir is no longer filling and will not reach full pool this year due to the lack of spring rains. Boat ramps available to launch boats are at Mongold and Detroit Lake state parks.
For the latest information on water levels at Detroit Reservoir check with the Army Corps of Engineers’ website for more information.
Pretty much all techniques will catch fish, but it might take some experimenting to find out what is most effective on the day you’re out there. You will vastly improve your chances of catching a fish if you fish early or late in the day when light-levels are low and fish are less wary. The upper water column of the lake is uncomfortably warm for cold water fish such as trout and kokanee, so use techniques that get your hook deep where the fish are.
Anglers have reported catching lots of small Chinook salmon in pursuit of kokanee and trout. Please take extra care in releasing these fish back into the water unharmed, as they are listed species and are only in the reservoir temporarily before they migrate downstream and out to the ocean.
As a reminder to anglers, fishing for and harvesting Chinook in the lake and the rivers above is prohibited. Any Chinook caught in Detroit must be released unharmed.
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.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Wednesday, July 21st
Upper Klamath Lake: Water temperatures are extreme on the water surface but much colder in deeper water
Miller Lake: Fishing should be excellent as the lake has been heavily stocked
Wood River: Best section is from Fort Klamath to Weed Road
Butterfield Lake: Boat and bank anglers are still catching an occasional trout
Chetco River: Upper Chetco watershed or tributaries has some great cutthroat trout fishing
Coquille River: Striped bass fishing is starting to pick up again in the lower Coquille River
Eel Lake: Boat anglers have been picking up a few trout
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant will likely be very close to reaching deadpool by mid-summer
Fish Lake : Irrigation withdrawals are continuing to make Fish Lake drop quickly.
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Emergency Regulations Chang
Rogue River- Lower: Numerous summer steelhead are being caught
Rogue River - Middle: Emergency Drought Regulations:
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Sixes River: This is a good time of year to fish the estuary for cutthroat
Kilchis River: Decent numbers of cutthroat trout have been seen and reported
Trask River: Anglers will find cutthroat trout throughout the Trask
Wilson River: Fishing on the Wilson remains slow
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Friday, July 16th
: ODFW Recreation Report
: Wallowa and Baker County gamefish limits lifted due to drought conditions
: Central Oregon Coast Subarea all-depth Pacific halibut sportfishing openings increase
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