JOHN DAY RIVER FISHING

The Longest Free Flowing River in the Pacific Northwest

Whether you are a seasoned angler or a family on your first fishing adventure, get ready to experience the ultimate fishing trip! Our guides will show you the nooks and crannies where the big fish hide along this river.

GENERAL INFORMATION

We offer 3 to 6 day smallmouth bass John Day River fishing trips starting in May and running through mid-July. During the summer months most of the river flow is used for irrigation. As agricultural water demands decrease in the Fall, the river starts to climb to floatable levels and steelhead start entering the system. Starting in October steelhead can be caught with flies and conventional tackle. This time of year also presents the opportunity for a cast-n-blast trip for the elusive chukar partridge.

HOW TO GET THERE

Driving to Clarno via Interstate 84 to Biggs Junction takes about 1.5 hours. From Biggs, travel Highway 97 south to Shaniko. Go south on Highway 218 through the small community Antelope. Clarno Bridge is 14.8 miles from the community of Antelope on Highway 218.

JOHN DAY EQUIPMENT LIST

Suggested Personal Equipment John Day River

  • Water Repellent Duffel Bag
  • Warm Coat & Sun Hat
  • Personal Toilet Articles & Towel
  • Light Hiking Boots, Sandals, or Tennis Shoes
  • Light Sleeping Bag (Sleeping Pad & Cot Furnished)
  • A small pillow
  • Rain Suit (2 Piece Mandatory)
  • Two Changes of Light Clothing
  • Swim Suit and Shorts
  • Small Flashlight
  • Dark Glasses and Sunscreen
  • Camera (Check Batteries)
  • Binoculars Optional
  • Water Bottle
  • Social Beverages and Mix
  • Fishing License
  • 3-5  Weight Fly Rod if you are bringing your own
  • Insect Repellent
  • Total Weight not to exceed 30 Lbs per person
  • Pack a small waterproof day pack for your boat. Each boat carries water and cold drinks

We Provide:

  • Fishing Tackle Furnished
  • Folding Chairs and eating tables
  • Deluxe tents, cots, and sleeping pads are furnished

DO NOT BRING

  • Waders, hip boots, firearms, electronics, fireworks, or expensive jewelry

Gratuities average 15%.

CAMPING & LODGING RESOURCES

FISHING REGS & LICENSE

RATES

An Outstanding Job

I wanted to take a moment of my time, and let you know what an outstanding job you did, and how much I enjoyed myself. From the moment we arrived at the take out point to park our vehicle, you...MORE »

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Done with a Smile

Tom, the boys and I wanted to thank you and your crew for a fabulous, adventurous, spectacular, memory making trip down the Middle Fork. The kids are still talking about the "big one" that got away, "ottering" down the river,...MORE »

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