John Day River Wilderness Adventure

Highest Volume Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Earth

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Smallmouth bass

Recommended Length

3-5 Fishing Days


June, July

Join us at the John Day River for the highest volume Smallmouth Bass fishing around. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience one of Trek’s very best Bass destinations while floating 3-5 days down one of Oregon’s most beautiful rivers. June is a great time to fish the John Day and dates are filling fast, so call us today and reserve your spot.

Are you looking for a unique Oregon Smallmouth Bass fishing experience? In the 25 years since Smallmouth Bass were introduced to the John Day River, they have literally taken over 106 miles of the river. Many days will find you catching and releasing 50+ bass per day. These range from 3/4 to well over six pounds. Depending on your choice, you will be fishing from three to five days.

Your John Day River Wilderness Adventure begins when an Arrowhead River Adventure agent meets you at the Redmond/Bend, Oregon Airport and transfers you to either Redmond or Prineville for the overnight. You and your guide will be on the water by 7am the next day, two guests per boat maximum and catching 30-50 smallmouth bass per day, depending on your casting skills.

You will drift 35-60 miles of a magnificently secluded river filled with Smallmouth Bass. This is an excellent trip for introducing beginning anglers to smallmouth bass fishing due to the non-stop action. The John Day River offers excellent top water fishing. Our guides are very knowledgeable, with over 25 years of boating and fishing experience. Their boating skills will insure your safety, and their fishing skills will take you to the secret spots so you can catch the big ones! Rafts are the boats of choice, placing you high off the water for easier and more precise casting.

For three or more days, you will make your way down the river, fishing the many different holes along the way. You will be camping under starlit skies each night in comfortable tents. All camping gear is provided. Four-man tents are used, two guests per tent, so that you will have plenty of room. You will sleep like a baby on durable self-inflating mattresses. Solar showers are provided for a relaxing warm shower at the end of the day.

Food is prepared by the camp cook while you hike or just sit and enjoy the scenery. Bacon-wrapped filets, Dutch-oven lasagna, BBQ country style ribs, and raspberry hazelnut meringue will give you the energy to fight those 30-50 bass you will be catching on a daily basis. You will have a bass fry as an added treat one night. You will be served three meals a day plus snacks. On the last day you will be transported back to Redmond/Bend, Oregon for your flight home.

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