Here’s the plain and simple of what’s happening on the Deschutes. The
river is clearing up, the days are getting shorter and the weather is
cooling and is partly cloudy. And if that’s not good enough for you,
there seems to be quite a few fish in the river and they are on the
bite. What more could any steelheader want. With the Deschutes running
colder than the Columbia River a good chunk of the steelhead coming up
the Columbia are turning their noses into the Deschutes to cool down.
This is a good thing, because it puts more steelhead in the Deschutes
which increases our chases of hooking one of these amazing fish.
The cooler weather that has hit us these past few days has slowed the
trout fishing. Even though the fishing has slowed, there is still plenty
of fish to be caught. We were on the river yesterday and we were the
only fishing boat on the upper 10 miles of the river. It’s quite an
experience to be on one of Oregon’s top Blue Ribbon trout rivers and not
see another fisherman.
John Day River
That’s a wrap for another season of Smallmouth Bass fishing on the John
Day. Even though it was a low water year we were able to do trips
through August. The nice thing about the low water was it was like
fishing for fish in a barrel. We will be back over on the John Day
starting in November chasing steelhead.