If you want to catch a pile of small mouth bass, it's time to head for the John Day River. The smallies are slamming everything that is below the surface. The Dries or surface bite, is picking up each day as the river clears up. It has been a bit slow because. Just under about 10 days ago a thunder storm hit the John Day and blew out the main stem. Since then the river has been clearing and the top water bite has been getting better each day.
The John Day River is the third longest undamed or free flowing river in the United States. So water levels are dropping quick. But we should have enough water to get us through most of if not all of August.
If you like to fish for rainbow trout on a blue ribbon trout river, the Deschutes is a great place to be right now. Caddis and mayfly season is in full swing and there's hardly a soul to be seen. What more could a trout fisherman want.
Just over a week ago Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shut down several rivers in Oregon due to hot water temps in an effort to save salmon and steelhead. The Deschutes River remains open for both trout, and steelhead except for the lower 23 miles of the river. On the lower 23 miles you can fish for the steelhead from day break till 2 P.M. each day. Even though the fishing day is short the fishing has been good for steelhead.
Water levels on the Deschutes remain good.
Deschutes River Anglers