Fishing the John Day River, Oregon

Smallmouth Bass | Steelhead | Catfish | John Day River

Fishing on the John Day is spectacular.  Fishermen and women can expect to find small mouth bass, steelhead and catfish in the John Day River.  For more information on fish and conditions, please click on one of the links above.

The best time fish for smallies (smallmouth bass) on the John Day depends on the experience that you are looking for. If you are one that thinks size matters and not concerned in the least about quantity you will want to be pounding the water from late March into early May. As the river first begins to warm in the spring the larger fish become active while the smaller fish remain dormant. Although trophy fish are caught throughout the summer,  a vast majority of these fish are taken during this early spring season (April and May).

As the summer progresses and the water warms the bass will grow more and more aggressive. If it is a quantity fishery you are looking for look no farther. Many people think when the hear of people having a hundred fish day on the John Day that this is a fluke, when in fact it is actually quite common. As the water warms above the 60 degree mark all of the fish will become very active, this generally begins about mid may and continues all the way through the end of October, with the best months being July, August, and September.

We carry a full line of fishing tackle in our convenience store.  Please note that Service Creek does not sell fishing licenses.  We recommend that you come equipped with one.  The nearest establishment that does sell fishing licenses is the Lazy Wolf Resort & RV Park in Spray Oregon (12 miles away from Service Creek).