John Day River, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of John Day River, OR
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John Day River, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
With the colder night time temperatures, the fishing has been slow in the morning's. Spend your time fishing in the afternoon and evening's.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing John Day River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 44 CFS

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 60 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: afternoon evenings

Best stretch: North Fork to Spray

Best access point: Cottonwood Canyon State Park,Thirtymile, Clarno, Twickenham, Spray

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:


Fish species: small mouth bass

Fishing season: March through October

Nearest airport: PDX or BEND/REDMOND

John Day River Description

The John Day is recognized as one of the west's best small mouth bass river's. This river offers over 150 miles of prime bass habitat and huge populations of bass. Managed as a trophy fishery, small mouth up to 20 inches are consistently caught here. Most fish run between 8 and 12 inches, but rise readily to surface flies all day long. 30 to 50 fish days are very common here during the summer months. The ...

Techniques & Tips

Poppers and hoppers, fished with quick retrieves. Cray fish and minnow patterns lightly weighted fished on floating lines work well also.

7-Day Forecast

River is in good shape. Fishing will be good all week. September is a good time of year for small mouth bass on the John Day.

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