Spring and summer on the John Day are about boating, camping and smallmouth bass. There are bass everywhere and they are easy to catch, making this a great venue for beginning anglers, as success is a guarantee. Day trips are available all spring and into the summer. Overnight trips are limited but available in June. There may be no better way to introduce your kids to river trips and fly fishing than a John Day River smallmouth float.
This fishery is best done from a boat. Most days the topwater action is fierce and the fish that come to the surface to eat are too numerous to count. Single day floats begin at Cottonwood Canyon State Park and end ten miles downstream at Starvation lane. Rods reels and flies are available and a days fishing comes with a modest lunch. We prefer to meet clients in Wasco, OR. From Waco you ride with us to the put in and we safely return you to your vehicle at the end of the day.
Fishing the John Day requires a Bureau of Land Management boaters pass and an Oregon fishing license.