Detroit Reservoir Fishing Report

Detroit Reservoir - Detroit, OR

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

This large reservoir will be stocked again this week with about 5,000 larger trophy-size rainbow trout. Fishing has started to heat up for both trout and kokanee with warmer temperatures and more food available. Trout are mainly being caught between the surface and 25 feet down, kokanee below that. 

Currently, the reservoir is completely full, which means the fishing conditions will be very good this entire year.  All boat ramps should be available to launch boats at this time. Check the US Army Corps of Engineer’s website for more information.

NOTICE: Regular anglers of Detroit Lake may notice that this year’s hatchery trout are averaging a bit bigger this year than in past years. This is because ODFW has decided to stock fewer but larger fish. 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. 

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