John Day River, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Brandon Bischof
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
Fish poppers and top water flies close to shore, and focus on the slower currents along the bank. Fish damsel and dragon fly patterns as well. Bass seem to be congregating in the deeper holes below riffles. Tail outs are fishing well too.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing John Day River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 150 CFS

Visibility: 54 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 73 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: All day

Best stretch: Kimberly to Mcdonald's Ferry

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

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:


Fish species: Steelhead, Smal mouth Bass

Fishing season: January through December

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

Large streamers fished on slow retrieves, poppers right against the bank. Don't forget the Damsel flies too.

7-Day Forecast

River will be fishable all week, and continuing to drop. Algae blooms are becoming a problem.

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