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.

Big Bend Campground

Cobble Rock Campground

Stillwater Campground

Upper and Lower Palisades Campground


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

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Local Fly Shop and Guide Reports

written by George Conlan

November 20, 2020 - The Crooked has been a great late fall destination for us these last couple of weeks. The white fish are starting to spawn in the tail outs and the trout are keying in on their eggs. If you find the whitefish chances are there are a few trout right below them looking for any wayward …

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November 6, 2020 - The Crooked has been dropped down into winter flows for the past couple of weeks. The fish can key into BWO’s in the right weather conditions. So having some dry flies like your traditional Parachute Adams in size #18-20 and a few varieties of BWOs will cover most of your dry fly action. Nymphing, when …

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October 23, 2020 - Flows have dropped, and have pushed the river into late fall conditions. A dry dropper rig is a great way to get your nymphs in the water without spooking any fish and fish a dry fly for the hatch all at the time. Using 5x fluoro for the dropper and nylon 5x for the dry …

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October 7, 2020 - The Crooked River water levels have dropped and are leveling out. Fall fishing tactics at its finest, whether you are euro nymphing, dry dropper, or straight dries the Crooked is a great place to be while the cooler weather rolls in. Keeping a smaller chubby Chernobyl in a couple of color variations with a 24’’- …

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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!