Flash Flood Kills Thousands Of Fish In John Day Tributary, But No Salmon, Steelhead

A severe thunderstorm earlier this month caused a flash flood in a tributary of the John Day River near Mitchell, killing an estimated 4,000 smallmouth bass on a remote four-mile section of the river. Numerous other fish species including bass, suckers, pikeminnow and carp were also lost, but remarkably no dead channel catfish, steelhead or salmon were found.

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