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What to Expect in June

June is a traditional time to float the John Day in search of smallmouth bass, but river levels and turbidity can be a problem if there is a storm. The John Day carries more sediment for its size than any other river in Oregon, and the river is capable of big increases in flow. When it rises two or three feet overnight, you'd swear half the silt in Oregon is going down the river. Flows over 5,000 cfs (Service Creek gage) are too high for good fishing; something under 3,000 cfs is preferred. On the other hand, you need about 2,000 cfs for drifting.

Poppers and baitfish patterns, such as a small silver Zonker or Clouser Minnow, work well.

Laurence Lake near Mt. Hood is a good June choice. Woolly Buggers and the usual stillwater fare will take trout. Fishing is best when it isn't windy. Bring some ant patterns and fish them near the lakeshore near trees.

Three Creeks Lake near Sisters opens mid-month and can have good fishing.

For more information on June fishing, see the Lakes section of the General Oregon Report

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