John Day

M
mooshu
I am new here and i guess i should tell a little bit about myself before I get to my question...

I am 28 yrs old and I am addicted to fishing... whew.. that feels good to say it out loud...

I live in vancouver but will/have gone all over to chase fish. I just recently in the last couple of years have gotten hot and heavy into salmon/steelhead fishing. I can't seem to get enough of it..(and being married and having a 6 yr. old doesn't always allow me to do all the fishing I want...

Anyways here is my question.. i have fished the john day a few times this year and last in search of some steelhead and have come up empty... I know that river is probably not the best river for me to have high success but i absolutly love the country up there and the fishing pressure is fairly light for me. I have tried pulling plugs in various colors and even bobber fished a little. Am I doing anything wrong or am I just puttin my time in.

Anyways thanks in advance for any help... pm's welcome

Mooshu
 
M
Marvin's Guide Service
Just keep pulling plugs up by the boat park.
I will be fishing up the the 6 threw the 9th.
had good luck ther the last few years!
also go out on the Columbia river and troll toward the dam.
good luck.
 
Raincatcher
Raincatcher
Glad you found us

Glad you found us

Mooshu;
Welcome aboard,we're glad to have you here. Sounds like you're in the same boat as most members here. Family or fishing? :think: That's why I decided to take my kids fishing with me as much as possible. My daughter still goes once in a while. Autofisher is a whole 'nother story...totally addicted. :dance: Sounds like you have a good handle on your favorite water. Just keep at it and it will pay OFF for you. :pray: At least that's what everyone around here keeps telling me. :lol:
 
M
mooshu
I have taken my daughter a few times also but she is very hard to keep interested... not like trout fishing where it is bam bam bam one after another.... oh well
 
A
Anyfishisfine
Mgdguy should be along in a few hours with pictures of his day today at John Day. A good day indeed he had today...

Do what he did.
 
M
Marvin's Guide Service
great to here you had a good day. were you up thr river by the boat patk?
how was the wind?
I will be there the next 3 day, can't make up my mind if i want to fish jon day river or out on the columbia....
 
A
Anyfishisfine
guidem said:
great to here you had a good day. were you up thr river by the boat patk?
how was the wind?
I will be there the next 3 day, can't make up my mind if i want to fish jon day river or out on the columbia....

I didn't get to go, but he sent me a text message a bit ago bragging about it. 12 fish between him and his brother.
 
M
Marvin's Guide Service
that was a good day, hope it is like the the next few days.
 
J
jeffcycles
Is there any good bank/wading spots not too far off from I-84, maybe near Le Page Park? Do the fish shoot upriver out of the Columbia rather quick? I've never been up that way yet.
 
M
Marvin's Guide Service
some guys fish under the I 84 bridge with a bobber.
 
B
Big Hairy Dawg
When you fish the columbia, trolling up toward the dam what do you like to troll with?:rolleyes:
 
L
loubob
Trolling by the dam

Trolling by the dam

Big Hairy Dawg said:
When you fish the columbia, trolling up toward the dam what do you like to troll with?:rolleyes:

I always start there, unless the wind is up(!).
I have fished that area for years. I like the mag warts, in pink,
orange and red.
Start at the dead line, can't read it anymore-but it's there.
Usual 20 to 26 pulls and trolling slow enough to make the
rods throb.
Use your favorite scent and change out if that color is not
working.
I also use the Fat Fish (I have had very good success with
the flouresent red with the black bars). Roy from Wordens
showed me that one--Thanks Roy!
I've had several 40"'rs to the boat, here and all the way
up to the mouth. Talk about nirtro time. Those were on
Brads, red with the checks on the side. Regular Brads not
mags.
Good luck! Send reports!
 
Raincatcher
Raincatcher
Welcome

Welcome

loubob said:
I always start there, unless the wind is up(!).
I have fished that area for years. I like the mag warts, in pink,
orange and red.
Start at the dead line, can't read it anymore-but it's there.
Usual 20 to 26 pulls and trolling slow enough to make the
rods throb.
Use your favorite scent and change out if that color is not
working.
I also use the Fat Fish (I have had very good success with
the flouresent red with the black bars). Roy from Wordens
showed me that one--Thanks Roy!
I've had several 40"'rs to the boat, here and all the way
up to the mouth. Talk about nirtro time. Those were on
Brads, red with the checks on the side. Regular Brads not
mags.
Good luck! Send reports!

loubob;
Welcome to the forum! You already fit in with your report. Thanks for sharing your tips with the rest of us. I look forward to many more informative posts from you. :clap:
 
B
Big Hairy Dawg
John Day Dam trolling

John Day Dam trolling

Thank you for the info and will report any results!


BH Dawg
 
F
fisherwilly
guidem said:
some guys fish under the I 84 bridge with a bobber.

I caught my first summer steelhead under the bridge with a spinner. I heard some fish that are going up further in the Columbia will go up the John Day a little bit.
 

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