Anybody done it? It looks intriguing. Is it worth a cross-country trip for a family? I would have to use an outfitter as I don't have the gear for a full week of camping for a family.
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Posted by: paddletothesea on Apr-27-11 8:01 PM (EST)
Post this on the "advice" in Pnet.....the john day is NOT known for "fishing" thus ZERO responses to your question...there are a lot of paddlers here who have done it but dont read the "fishing" section....dont want you to limit yourself
Have you fished the John Day?|
Posted by: JimMc on Apr-28-11 2:36 AM (EST)
I've caught my limit on many waters NOT known for "fishing".
Fishing on the J-D|
Posted by: steve_in_idaho on Apr-28-11 1:25 PM (EST)
Guys I work with have done it. Fishing is good, so they say. All the guys I've talked to about it were using drift boats, but they tell me canoes are also good for much if not most of it. Although it's high on my list, I haven't done the trip yet, so I can't say much about whether it's worth the trip from Virginia or what part of it to do.
Posted by: Big_D on Apr-29-11 11:23 AM (EST)
But I am interested in the fishing. Hearing from a bunch of people that it's interesting paddling but they don't know about the fishing is just wasting my time.
Posted by: Dirty_Ed on May-01-11 7:14 AM (EST)
Derek, I believe Al Agnew has floated the JD and can probably tell you a lot about it. I know that somewhere I have a few articles I've stashed about smallie fishing on the JD if I can just figure out where I put 'em.
Posted by: Al_A on May-01-11 11:32 PM (EST)
It's been maybe eight or nine years since the last time I fished it, but back then it was good, and the two times before that it was spectacular. The first time I ever fished it, back around 1990 or so, it was the best stream smallmouth fishing I had ever experienced; a five day trip with an outfitter where everybody caught plenty of smallmouth and I averaged well over 100 smallies a day, with about 10% of them over 17 inches--biggest one was about 21 inches, and best day I caught somewhere around 175. The second time, three or four years later, we did a two day trip on a stretch farther upstream, and the numbers were about the same but the size range wasn't as good. On the third trip we had the problem of very murky water. There had been a big localized thunderstorm a long way upstream a week or so earlier that had caused a big landslide. The water level was back down to normal but the river flowing through the fresh landslide was apparently continuing to pick up a lot of silt. Because of that, fishing was tough...four of us, all very experienced river smallmouth anglers, averaged maybe 25-30 fish per day each, with only a few over 18 inches--I caught one 20 incher.
Posted by: Big_D on May-02-11 1:58 PM (EST)
My wife and I are considering a split fishing/paddling trip to the John Day and then into Oregon's wine country for a wine tasting tour for our 25th anniversary.
Posted by: stratus on May-20-11 11:12 PM (EST)
You can easily catch a 100 Smallmouth Bass a day! It's famous for Smallmouth. May June are the best months for large ones, summer means lots of 10" ones.
Nothing wrong with a numbers trip|
Posted by: Big_D on May-26-11 10:50 AM (EST)
I like big fish days and I like numbers days. I think I prefer numbers days sometimes, though it sure is fun to pull in a big one on a slow day.
Posted by: Al_A on Jun-01-11 11:02 PM (EST)
that will catch bigger fish, and you'll catch some bigger ones in amongst all the little ones. And in that river, you'll catch little ones on big fish lures. The last day of my first trip to the John Day, my thumbs were so sore from lipping bass that I was actually tired of catching the smaller ones, so I put on the biggest lure I had in my box, much bigger than what I'd normally use for smallies. Still caught just about as many little ones, but did catch the second biggest fish of the trip on it as well.