The reservoir elevation is about 30 feet above the bottom of Mongold boat ramp
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
The reservoir was stocked several times this summer with tens of thousands of one-pound hatchery trout. The reservoir elevation is about 30 feet above the bottom of Mongold boat ramp. It is still possible to launch boats off a trailer at this time, but this level will slowly come down over the next few weeks. Best to check with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website (see below) for the latest reservoir levels before going. 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.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Thursday, November 18th
Ana Reservoir: Trolling lures or flies will also do a great job catching fish
Ana River: Tui chub are abundant in the river
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake is very turbid from recent wind and storms
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Sky Lakes Wilderness Lakes: All lakes were stocked this summer by helicopter
Sun Creek: Fishing not recommended at this time
Fish Lake : Lake is filling nicely
Lost Creek Lake: Trout fishing should be good
Rogue River - Middle: Summer steelhead fishing has been very good
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Fishing Report
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): Winter weather is still holding off but not for much longer
Kilchis River: Chinook salmon should be in the Kilchis and throughout the fishery
Miami River: There should still be Chinook in the river
Necanicum River: Still no reports of early winter steelhead yet
Nehalem River: The mainstem Nehalem River is high and off color
Nestucca River: The Nestucca is still high and off color
Three Rivers: Three Rivers should be fishable throughout the weekend
Siuslaw River: The majority of the Fall Chinook run is above the estuary
Trask River: The Trask is high and off-color
Wilson River: There should be Chinook throughout the fishery on the Wilson