The reservoir has been stocked several times in recent weeks

Detroit Reservoir - Detroit, OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
7-29-2021
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The reservoir has been stocked several times in recent weeks with one-pound hatchery trout. It was stocked again last week with 1,900 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.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, July 29th
: ODFW Recreation Report
Ana Reservoir: Trolling lures or flies will do a great job catching fish in this clear reservoir
Ana River: Tui chub are abundant in the river therefore casting large flies or lures can be effective for catching larger fish
Beulah Reservoir: Beulah Reservoir is 16 percent full and draining fast
Blitzen River: Water temperatures are getting into the mid 70s at Page spring most days
Bully Creek Reservoir: Currently A Fish Die Off
Delintment Lake: No Recent Reports But Fishing Should Be Good
Upper Klamath Lake: Water temperatures are extreme on the water surface but much colder in deeper water
Sun Creek: Fishing not recommended at this time
Sycan River: The Bootleg Fire is throughout the river
Warm Springs Reservoir: Smallmouth bass fishing has been good recently
Williamson River: Williamson River Report
Yellowjacket Lake: Yellowjack Lake Update
Agate Lake: Conditions are deteriorating pretty quickly out here, and water clarity is an issue
Applegate Reservoir: All three boat ramps are open
Applegate River: The river is open to trout fishing
Arizona Pond: Best fishing is in the morning or evening
Ben Irving Reservoir: Better Fishing in The AM
: Despite the warm weather anglers are still catching trout
Elk River: Most anglers are fly-fishing or casting spinners
Emigrant Reservoir: The best success out here will be targeting warmwater fish
Fish Lake : Irrigation withdrawals are continuing to make Fish Lake drop quickly
Galesville Reservoir: Galesville is very low this year
Lake Selmac: Trout anglers will want to fish near the dam and off the bottom
Rogue River- Lower: Numerous summer steelhead are being caught
Rogue River- Upper: The Hatchery Hole is Currently Closed to All Fishing
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): This is always an excellent destination to escape the Rogue Valley heat
Alsea River: Fall Chinook fishing opens on Aug. 1
Nehalem River: Some Chinook are still being caught
Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing opens Aug. 1
Siletz River: Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31
Trask River: The Trask River from 200 ft above and 900 ft below Gold Creek at Trask Hatchery is closed July 16 to Oct. 15
Yaquina River: Fall Chinook fishing opens on Aug. 1
Clear Lake: Stocked Last Week

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