Fishing the Crooked River

If you're looking for places to fish in Oregon, the Crooked River is a great river for new fly fishers. It contains a great wading environment where you learn the basics without being in danger as common holes are gradual rather than sudden and the flow of the river is manageable for kids. The river is open year around for fishing, with the best fly fishing an 8 mile stretch between Bowman Dam (Prineville Reservoir) to Mile Marker 8 towards Prineville.


Crooked River Fishing Regulations

  • Open Year Around
  • No harvest of rainbow trout over 20 inches.

Be sure to check the Fishing Regulations and Emergency Rules  for this area.


Crooked River Weather


Fishing Maps of the Crooked River

Our Crooked River fishing maps show areas we love to fish. If you've never fished here before these are great places to start.


Crooked River Recommended Flies

The flies we've listed below are some of the locals favorites for this section of the water. If you're interested in learning to tie these flies, we've included links to show you how!


Crooked River Stocking Schedule

ODFW is not stocking Crooked River at this time. For more information on stocking schedules for Oregon rivers and lakes, please visit the ODFW Trout Stocking website.


Crooked River Fishing Reports

There's nothing better than community based reports from people that are on the water! If you're seeing reports from local fly shops and guides please take some time to visit their shops or websites!

Community Reports

We don't have any fishing reports for Crooked River yet. If you would like to contribute to the fishing reports for this please Register or Login today!

Local Fly Shop and Guide Reports

January 8, 2020 - The warm weather we’ve had through the past week has provided an opportunity for great fishing. The fish are a little less sluggish and more willing to feed on the small Midges and Mayflies that are present through the winter. The best approach is to fish these little Midge and Mayfly nymphs below a small …

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written by George Conlan

December 6, 2019 -      I got a report for the crooked from some regulars who fished it last week when the snow first hit. The whitefish are still spawning and eggs are working very well, swing by the shop and check out some of the new patterns we got this week, lots of eggy options! The bugs …

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written by George Conlan

November 15, 2019 - Consistent flows on the crooked have kept the fish and the fishers happy, with tons of action on nymphs and the whitefish begging to spawn the river has been hot! The blue wings are still showing up in the shade and dry flies fishing has been decent to exceptional some days. Small dark mayflies and …

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written by George Conlan

November 4, 2019 -    The Crooked is flowing at 94 cfs and a cool 48 degrees, trout are happy and hungry with guides reporting some great days out on the water. We are seeing PMDs still and BWOs have been strong in the afternoons. Look for the fish to start keying into bugs as early as 11am and …

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Fishing Spots near Crooked River

Be sure to check out nearby fishing spots, they're less than 15 miles away from Crooked River!