September 24, 2021

John Day Dam Fishing Guides

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John Day Dam Walleye Fishing

The Columbia River below John Day Dam is home to some of the best Walleye fishing in the state of Washington. Our guides target these Walleye below John Day Dam down to the mouth of the Deschutes River. Stating in late February and continuing until July you can find our our team of guides filling their live wells full of nice Walleye. Trolling worms or crank baits on the bottom is key as well as knowing where the hot spots are. For pure numbers of Walleye, this is the place to go. Last Spring our boats were boating numbers exceeding 70 fish per day. Give our John Day Dam fishing guides a call if your interested in catching great numbers of Walleye!

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John Day Dam Salmon Fishing

This section of the Columbia River sees two runs of salmon, Spring Chinook and Fall Chinook. Depending on run timing you will find our guides targeting Spring Salmon towards the end of April and into May. This is mostly an anchor fishery that occurs right out from the Maryhill State Park or just below John Day Dam. Our John Day Dam fishing guides know exactly where to drop the anchor to set you up for success. These Spring Salmon are chrome bright and are some of the best tasting salmon on the market.

In the Fall time, around the first of September, another Salmon fishery occurs. These are the Fall Chinook, or Up River Brights as many call them. Fishing for these fish takes place near the mouth of the Deschutes River a few miles below John Day Dam. Trolling Brad’s superbaits and spinners is key. We know exactly when and where to be targeting these fish and its not uncommon to have a boat limited within a few hours.

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John Day Dam Sturgeon Fishing

One of the last areas of the Columbia River to have a yearly retention of Sturgeon occurs right out from the Maryhill State Park and below John Day Dam. Taking place early in the year, January until the quota is met or until the set closure in May, our John Day Dam fishing guides will put you onto Sturgeon ranging in size from one foot to over 10 feet! Our guides have found that Sturgeon on this section of the Columbia fight harder than anywhere else!


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