John Day at low water?


Hydrocephalic

New member
I have a week off from PA school next week and I'm itching to get out and fish. I know conditions aren't ideal on the John Day right now with flows about 40 cfs at service Creek, but school breaks don't wait for fishing conditions.

Does anyone know a section to which I could bring a kayak? I don't need a drift, if there are any long sections that could be paddlle. Or, if there's a good stretch that I could wade, I would enjoy that. Being so new to the state and with grad school I just don't have the time to drive out to cottonwood canyon and find out there's nothing accessible and staying at the mouth would be more fruitful. Any help is much appreciated! I'm aiming for smallmouth.
 

OneFishTwoFish

New member
I have a week off from PA school next week and I'm itching to get out and fish. I know conditions aren't ideal on the John Day right now with flows about 40 cfs at service Creek, but school breaks don't wait for fishing conditions.

Does anyone know a section to which I could bring a kayak? I don't needdrift, if there are any long sections that could be paddlle. Or, if there's a good stretch that I could wade, I would enjoy that. Being so new to the state and with grad school I just don't have the time to drive out to cottonwood canyon and find out there's nothing accessible and staying at the mouth would be more fruitful. Any help is much appreciated! I'm aiming for smallmouth.
When are you going? A kayak is very possible for most stretches of river, just slower at 40cfs
 

Aervax

Active member
The John Day has lots of public access where you can get in the river to wade and fish. Cottonwood has public trails on both sides on the downstream side of the river with the main trail being 4.5 miles one way. Bikes are allowed on the downstream trail. The public trail on the upstream side of Cottonwood goes about 2 miles, and bikes are not allowed there. Klarno is another option with a public access dirt road on the west side of the river with public camping spots. Right now I am more interested in steelhsteelhead fishing the JD. Bass fishing is tough right now with water temp so cold. Hit it for Bass in April.
 

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