Bass are abundant throughout

John Day River - Dayville, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

This is the perfect time of year for bass fishing the John Day. Bass are abundant throughout much of the mainstem John Day, but primary areas to target are downstream of the North Fork confluence near the town of Kimberly all the way to the Columbia. Most fish will be in the 8- to 12-range, with the occasional 15- to 18-incher. Catfish can also be caught in many of the larger and deeper pools. ‌

Flows have dropped significantly, making it especially challenging for larger crafts. Experienced rafters used to low flow conditions can still navigate the lower reaches safely, although now is the season for smaller single or two-person watercraft. Drift boats are not advised at current flows.

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