Water levels have increased enough for most boat ramps to be in the water

Detroit Reservoir - Detroit, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Reservoir levels continue to rise as prescribed in the rule curve and looks like it will fill completely by the Memorial Day weekend. Water levels have increased enough for most boat ramps to be in the water, including Detroit Lake State Park as well as the main ramp at Mongold. Kokanee fishing is heating up and a few holdover trout are also being caught. This is the time of year where juvenile chinook are also feeding more actively before beginning their outmigration to the ocean. Please be mindful and release any Chinook back into the water. ‌

Trout are available and active year-round. 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 gets 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. ‌

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. ‌

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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