Detroit Reservoir Fishing Report

Detroit Reservoir - Detroit, OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
11-12-2021
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The reservoir was stocked several times this summer with tens of thousands of one-pound hatchery trout. The reservoir elevation is about 15 feet above the bottom of Mongold boat ramp. It is still possible to launch boats off a trailer at this time, but if it drops much lower it may not be prudent to try to launch a boat there as there is usually a lot of mud and silt built up which may cause your trailer to get stuck. Those with lighter watercraft such as pontoons, canoes and kayaks shouldn’t have any problems. For bank fishing, the head of the reservoir in the town of Detroit could be a good place to try for trout. 

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. 

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 Friday, November 12th
: Wounded elk left to suffer marks ongoing poaching problem
: November is all about elk in Oregon
Applegate Reservoir: Appplegate Reservoir Fishing Report
Applegate River: The river is open to trout fishing through the end of the year
Ben Irving Reservoir: No recent reports from Ben Irving
Emigrant Reservoir: Nothing has changed much at Emigrant except surface temperatures
Expo Pond: Expo Pong Fishing Report
Fish Lake : The current lake level is 25 percent full and the lake is filling up
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Emergency regulations are no longer in effect at Howard Prairie
Hyatt Lake: Emergency regulations have been lifted at Hyatt Lake
Lake Selmac: Bass fishing should remain fair to good out here through the fall and winter months
Lemolo Lake: The reservoir has been drawn down for the season and is quite low
Lost Creek Lake: Trout fishing should be good
Plat I Reservoir: Temps are cooling, but the bass should still be biting
Rogue River - Middle: Bait can again be used in the entire Rogue from the mouth upstream to Fishers Ferry
Rogue River- Upper: Anglers are catching summer steelhead regularly
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): Winter weather is starting to take hold in the upper river
Smith River: The Smith is open for Chinook fishing up the head of tide at Spencer Cr.
Willow Lake: The reservoir is starting to fill and is 42 percent full
Alsea River: Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down on the Alsea
Necanicum River: No reports of early winter steelhead yet
Nestucca River: Fishing conditions will be very poor with forecasted rains this week
Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down on the Salmon River
Siltcoos Lake: Fishing has picked up with the recent rain
Trask River: There are Chinook throughout the fishery at this point
Wilson River: The Wilson is known for later fall Chinook
Clackamas River: Coho fishing has been slow on the Clackamas

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, November 11th
: ODFW Recreation Report
John C Boyle Reservoir: Past net sampling showed some large yellow perch
Upper Klamath Lake: Redband trout are scattered throughout Upper Klamath Lake
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir Report
Miller Lake: Brown trout will begin to cruise the shoreline
Willow Valley Reservoir: Conditions are unknown