The only portion of the John Day that I have fished for steelhead is near the mouth. I used to head up there in November. Watch the fish count for the John Day Dam. When the steel head count starts to rise, it's time to hit the water. That part of the river is a boat fishery. There is a good boat ramp at La Page Park right off the freeway. I used to take the boat up river and near a park that is on the east side of the river. I would troll close to the west bank. If nothing was happening there I would go further up river to the narrows (past the power lines) and troll there. I would pull a wiggle wart blue or green, sometime pink. Some folks anchor and bobber float eggs. It's been a couple of years since I was up there. It can get windy and cold, but since you live in Baker you already know about the cold! Also the water always seemed a wee bit turbid. A buddy of mine was up there last year and he said the La Page Park camp ground with full hookups was open in November. I have some vauge recollection about "B" run fish that were headed to Idaho going up the John Day and then back to the Columbia. I'll have to try and remember what that was about. I know you like the fly rod and I have no answers for you in that regard. I have never used the fly rod in that strech of the river. Hope this helps some. Irishrover
Had a banner day on the John Day today! My best day of fishing yet. Landed 4 steels, one of which was a fin-clipped, and by brother got his hatchery fish too and 7 nates landed. I also caught a couple big suckers and a Pike Minnow.
All fish caught under bobber and sand shrimp.
Word is that the weather is NOT going to be good there tomorrow though. High winds, 25-50mph. Be sure to check the weather reports before heading out.
Congrats and thanks for the weather report! I was wondering what tomorrows forecast would be like considering the wind picking up through the gorge. It looks like I'll have to postpone tomorrows fishing until conditions improve.