John Day River (SUP) Stand Up Paddle Boarding | Bass Fishing

///John Day River (SUP) Stand Up Paddle Boarding | Bass Fishing
John Day River (SUP) Stand Up Paddle Boarding | Bass Fishing 2017-12-02T22:12:02+00:00

Running more than 500 miles, the John Day is the third longest free-flowing river in the contiguous United States. It is protected as a “Wild and Scenic” river under Oregon Scenic Waterways Act. The river’s serpentine course meanders along steep basalt canyon walls, juniper- and sagebrush-dotted hills, abandoned homesteads, and petroglyphs. This is one of the most culturally rich river corridors in Oregon. For thousands of years the Northern Paiute lived on this river they called the Mah-Hah. In 1805 these canyon dwellers met their first Europeans, the Lewis and Clark expedition. In 1812, the river was renamed the John Day after one of the members of the Astor-Hunt overland party. The John Day River is truly the Grand Canyon of Oregon.

The John Day is also arguably the finest smallmouth bass fishery west of the Mississippi. Anglers of all skill levels can enjoy insanely high rates of feisty smallmouth bass while experiencing one of the West’s most interesting and least traveled wilderness float trips.

Bass season is at its peak from mid-June to the end of August. It is not uncommon to hook in excess of 75 fish per rod per day.  This is the perfect river to introduce new flycasters to the sport, as the fish are typically aggressive and plentiful. The majority of the fishing is done from the boat and from the banks targeting  feeding fish. When the shade is on the water we fish with poppers and surface bugs, sun on the water flies are typically muddlers and woolly buggers.

For families and private parties keen on fly fishing success, these multi-day rafting trips provide a high level of adventure while not sacrificing comfort.

John Day River – SUP Bass Fishing DAY Trip

When: End of May to mid July
Days  1
Anglers 1-3
Price  195.00

Little Creek Outfitters, one of the longest-running professional guide services dedicated to northeastern Oregon’s John Day River, developed this truly unique action-packed summer adventure for people looking to combine the excitement of stand up paddle boarding with what we think is the best bass fishing west of the Mississippi.

During the peak of bass season, from mid-June to the end of August, the fishing is simply epic. It is not uncommon for anglers of all skill levels to hook more than 75 fish per day, many taken on poppers and surface bugs. The water is also perfect for newcomers to stand up paddle boarding, with small, class I rapids and gentle pools meandering through a sun-drenched canyon lined with basalt rock faces and sagebrush-dotted hillsides. New to stand up paddle boarding? SUP,  the fastest-growing paddle sport in the United States, is basically surfing, but your board is propelled by paddle strokes and the river’s gentle current instead of gnarly ocean waves. It’s a super fun and rejuvenating way to explore a free-flowing river with friends and family, while also building core strength.

Register for a day trip with Little Creek Outfitters and receive professional instruction covering SUP and fly-fishing techniques and water safety, as well as a delicious riverside lunch, as you explore the wild and scenic, John Day River in Oregon.

Who Can Go

A John Day River day trip is perfect for anyone looking to start tackling rivers on his or her stand up paddle board. Stand up paddle boarding is easy to learn, and not terribly difficult, but you will be paddling and maneuvering on moving water, so you’ll need some arm strength and balance.

Trip Logistics

We will meet at Henry’s Deli in Maupin at 6:30 am and have breakfast and a brief trip orientation. After breakfast we will drive to the launch site, where you’ll pack your personal gear into dry bags.

At the launch site, we will cover river safety and paddling techniques. Our transition to the water will allow adequate time to practice. After a few hours on the river, we’ll enjoy a riverside lunch with a fresh salad, deli meats, chips and cookies, and review the morning highlights. During the lunch stop, we will introduce you fly fishing, techniques for catching bass, and how to land fish on a paddle board. After lunch, we will navigate a variety of flat water and class 1 rapids, where you can practice SUP skills or fish your way to the take out.

What we provide

Little Creek Outfitters will provide life jackets, flies, lunch, and transportation to and from the river. We can also provide stand up paddle boards and paddles, and a fly rod, as needed.

What you need to bring

  • sunblock
  • river sandals
  • sunglasses
  • hat
  • camera
  • Fishing license (1-day License) with the Columbia River Basin Endorsement

John Day River – SUP Bass Fishing MULTI-DAY Trip

When: End of May to mid July
Days: 2-4
Anglers: Minimum 10 max is 12
Price: $195.00 per a day

Little Creek Outfitters, one of the longest-running professional guide services dedicated to northeastern Oregon’s John Day River, developed this truly unique action-packed summer adventure for people looking to combine the excitement of stand up paddle boarding with what we think is the best bass fishing west of the Mississippi.

During the peak of bass season, from mid-June to the end of August, the fishing is simply epic. It is not uncommon for anglers of all skill levels to hook more than 75 fish per day, many taken on poppers and surface bugs.

The water is also perfect for newcomers to stand up paddle boarding, with small, class I rapids and gentle pools meandering through a sun-drenched canyon lined with basalt rock faces and sagebrush-dotted hillsides. New to stand up paddle boarding? SUP,  the fastest-growing paddle sport in the United States, is basically surfing, but your board is propelled by paddle strokes and the river’s gentle current instead of gnarly ocean waves. It’s a super fun and rejuvenating way to explore a free-flowing river with friends and family, while also building core strength.

Register for a day trip with Little Creek Outfitters and receive professional instruction covering SUP and fly-fishing techniques and water safety, as well as a delicious riverside lunch, as you explore the wild and scenic, John Day River in Oregon.

Trip overview

We offer multi day trips covering either 17 to 42 miles of river. A typical full day on the river will start out with freshly brewed coffee coupled with flapjacks, sausage, eggs, fresh fruit, cereal, and juice. Plenty of delicious food to power your morning on the river!

Each day we will paddle 8-10 miles with a lead paddler and boat pacing you down the river, while you fish and enjoy a wild and scenic float. At lunch we will set up lunch under a shade tree and make a fresh salad and a spread with deli meats, fresh vegetables, cookies and chips.

While you are enjoying the river a  designated gear boat with two team members will pack and move camp.  These overnight journeys provide magical wilderness adventure and campground comforts.

At Camp:

All of the camping gear is supplied by Little Creek Outfitters with the exception of your sleeping bags and pillows. When you arrive at camp your tent for the night will be setup and your baggage will be waiting for you. Two people fit comfortably in a tent, with cots and sleeping pads provided. We set up a camp toilet with a privacy tent and hand-washing station.

We carry all drinking water and other beverages but we do not provide alcohol. You are welcome to bring your own, if you desire. Please pack liquids in recycled plastic containers only. Except good wines!!
We practice ‘leave no trace’ camping ethics and pack out everything we take on the trip.

Where to meet:

We will meet in Condon, at the café the morning of your trip, eat breakfast then head to the river.

Address is: 209 S Main St, Condon, OR 97823 Driving time from PDX airport is about 2 ½ hours . There is a private airport in Condon if you have a personal plane.

Who Can Go:

A John Day River day trip is perfect for anyone looking to start tackling rivers on his or her stand up paddle board. Stand up paddle boarding is easy to learn, and not terribly difficult, but you will be paddling and maneuvering on moving water, so you’ll need some arm strength and balance.