John Day Dam Fishing Trips

JOHN DAY DAM WALLEYE FISHING

Looking for a place to land that perfect catch?

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.

Starting in late February and continuing until July you can find our team of guides filling their live wells full of nice Walleye.

Trolling worms or crankbaits 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 bosting numbers exceeding 70 fish per day. Give our John Day Dam fishing guides a call if you are interested in catching a great number of Walleye!

JOHN DAY DAM SALMON FISHING

The mighty Columbia River, home to a spectacular double-header of salmon runs.

This section of the Columbia River sees two runs of salmon, Spring Chinook, and Fall Chinook. Depending on the season and runs, you will find our guides targeting Spring Salmon towards the end of April and into May.

This is mostly anchor fishing 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 Upriver 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 super baits and spinners are key. We know exactly when and where to be targeting these fish and it’s not uncommon to have a boat limited-out within a few hours.

John Day Dam Sturgeon Fishing Trips

Maryhill State Park is pretty amazing; it’s the only spot on the Columbia River where ancient Sturgeon make a yearly appearance.

One of the last areas of the Columbia River to have 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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Our Amazing Fishing Guide Reviews

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Based on 116 reviews
Albert J. Farmer
Albert J. Farmer
January 5, 2024
After several trips with reel time fishing, they’re the only charter I use - they are great even on a slow day!!
Fishon
Fishon
January 4, 2024
This guide service is top notch! Gabe our guide on the Clearwater River in Idaho put us on the fish. Thanks!
Blair Hale
Blair Hale
November 6, 2023
Great guides, great fishing.
Paul Curtis
Paul Curtis
November 5, 2023
Thanks for showing us a great time on the river. Travis got all four of us on great steelhead. One was a real hog! Would highly recommend this company.
Grant Torrey
Grant Torrey
October 16, 2023
Great time fishing with knowledgeable guide. Hot lunch was nice but while parked on the beach seen two fish caught. Maybe a sandwich while fishing instead.
Brent Varriale
Brent Varriale
October 15, 2023
Fished 2 days with Captain Pepe and his crew in Cabo. These guys were fantastic. Had us in Fish from the start. 13 Marlin and 5 big Mahi in two days. If you are going to fish in Cabo, do yourself a favor and book with Reel Time.
Chris Jacks
Chris Jacks
October 14, 2023
Our guide Jack worked hard to ensure we had the best opportunities to catch Salmon and Steelhead. His knowledge of all aspects of fishing made this a great opportunity for us and he gave us many opportunities to catch and land fish. We landed 5 steelhead and had several other opportunities, but were unable to connect on all of them. Overall, it was a great trip and a great day to be fishing with an expert in his field.

Frequently Asked Questions about our fishing trips

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I BRING ON MY TRIP?

The legal max boatload is six anglers, but with six full time guides available we are able to accommodate large groups of more than six people.

IS LUNCH/DRINKS PROVIDED ON MY TRIPS?

We do provide a BBQ lunch and drinks on all Clearwater, Snake, and Dworshak trips. Lunch and drinks ARE NOT provided on any of our Columbia River or Grande Ronde river trips.

HOW MANY HOURS ARE WE ON THE WATER?

Look forward to at least 8 hours of fishing unless you book a half day trip, then look forward to 4 hours of fishing

DO YOU PROVIDE ALL THE GEAR WE NEED TO FISH?

Yes, each guide is fully equipped with top-notch rods, reels and bait to ensure success on your trip.

DO I NEED TO PRE-PAY OR PLACE A DEPOSIT DOWN TO HOLD MY SPOT?

We require a 50% deposit at the time of booking, final payment must be made in full 10 days prior to your trip. We do not offer refunds for cancellations or head-count changes made inside 10 days of your trip.

DO YOU CLEAN AND FILLET OUR CATCH?

Yes, all of our guides will clean and fillet your catch unless otherwise specified.