Water is again being released out of Detroit to maximize storage for the winter

Detroit Reservoir - Detroit, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Water is again being released out of Detroit to maximize storage for the winter. The water level is currently at the toe-slope of Mongold boat ramp. Launching trailered boats may be tricky if not impossible. Anglers can bank fish from access points such as Mongold State Park or Detroit Flats Day Use area. Water levels will start to rise again starting Feb. 1.‌

It's always a good idea to check the water levels at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website before using the boat ramps. For the latest information on water levels at Detroit Reservoir check with the Army Corps of Engineers' website for more information. ‌

Detroit Reservoir is one of the premier kokanee fisheries in the state, but this time of year their natural food items are in short supply, which is slowing down their metabolism. ‌

Trout are available and active year-round and should be trying to fatten up before the lean months ahead. 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. Trout are usually stocked from April through July. ‌

The reservoir was stocked with trout during the spring and summer with many of these fish throughout the fall and winter and into next year. As a reminder, anglers are allowed to keep up to five trout, with an additional five fish kokanee bag limit. ‌

Also, 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 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.

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