John Day River Fishing Report

John Day River - Dayville, OR

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Orvis

by Orvis Company

Bass fishing has been slow, but fishable. This time of year you can fish all day for just a few fish but they will be good size. 14 to 20+ inch small mouths. Fish the slowest water you can find, tips of islands and island channels.

Water flow: 2500 cfs

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 46 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Afternoon

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

Recommended fly fishing leader: 6 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet: 2X Tippet

Best fly fishing rod: 9' 6 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line: Superfine WF Fly Line

Best sinking fly line: Clear Sink Tip Fly Line

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