John Day River Fishing

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: Clarno/30 Mile to Cottonwood Bridge (3-4 nights camping) Driving to Clarno quickest via Interstate 84 to Biggs Junction. From there travel highway 97 south to Shaniko. Go south on 97 to Antelope, turn off highway 218. Clarno bridge is about 12 to 14 miles from the community of Antelope.

Pricing and Trip Packages For 2017: Contact us for additional information and schedule availability.

Three-day, two-night trip: $1275.00

Six-day, Seven-night trip: $1375.00

Equipment: We provide all fishing and camping equipment, including food, tents, chairs, cots, sleeping pads, river running equipment and safety gear.

Camping and Lodging: visit the sites below for current rates and reservations:

  • Hotel Condon - Surrounded by entertaining attractions such as great golf and the Fossil Beds.
  • Wilson Ranches Retreat - An Oregon Bed and Breakfast that takes you off the beaten track to a rustic hideout.

Logistics: The John Day River has no dams to control water flow; therefore flow levels can fluctuate widely in relation to snow pack and rainfall. It is always a good idea to check water flow levels regularly and be prepared to adjust trip dates if necessary. Average river levels are between 1,200 and 4,700 cfs on the USGS gauge at Service Creek.

Fishing Regulations: Fishing regulations are available from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.