River Flows Have Dropped Once Again

John Day River - Dayville, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

River flows have dropped once again, which makes boating more difficult. Drift boats and rafts are able to float safely when flows are above 400 CFS, and current flows have been hovering in the 300 CFS range.

Steelhead are moving into the lower river, but we’re seeing more ice build-up in sections as flows remain low with cold weather and inversions settling into the region. Fishing in the lower river around Cottonwood Canyon State Park will be the best bet during this early season, and while you may find some steelhead higher up, the low flows and ice build-up are making fishing tough.

Please note BLM has a new boater permit system in place for the John Day, and there are now limited overnight fall permits in Segment 1 from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30. Segment 1 is from Cottonwood Bridge to Tumwater Falls. Find BLM permit information.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Applegate Reservoir: Reservoir is 1% Full
Chetco River: Low Water Has Kept Steelhead Fishing From Taking Off
Elk River: Low Water Has Kept Most Anglers at Home
Emigrant Reservoir: Barely A Puddle
Fish Lake : Fish Lake Report
Galesville Reservoir: Galesville Reservoir Report
Garrison Lake: Good Time to Fish At The Lake
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Some Patches of Ice, But For The Most Part Very Fishable
Hyatt Lake: Hyatt Lake Report
Lake Selmac: Trout Should Still Be Available
Lost Creek Lake: Lost Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Medco Pond: Medco Pond Fishing Report
Rogue River- Lower: Low Water Has Kept Most Anglers at Home
Rogue River - Middle: Middle Rogue Fishing Report
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Sixes River: Sixes River Report
Umpqua River: Umpqua River Report
Necanicum River: Steelhead Fishing Was Slow Last Week
Nehalem River: Nehalem River Report
Nestucca River: Getting Started For Winter Steelhead
Siuslaw River: Siuslaw River Report
Trask River: Still A Bit of an in Between Time of Year
Wilson River: Still Slightly on The Early Side For Steelhead
Clackamas River: Still Early For The Best of The Steelhead Run
Detroit Reservoir: Detroit Reservoir Report
Eagle Creek: Eagle Creek Report
Foster Reservoir: Foster Reservoir Report
Green Peter Reservoir: Green Peter Reservoir Report
Sandy River: Anglers Should Comfirm Access Before They Go
Santiam River North Fork-2: North Fork Santiam River Report
Santiam River (South Fork): South Fork Santiam River Report
Willamette River: Anglers Should Comfirm Access Before They Go
Crooked River: Fishing Has Been Excellent

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