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Crooked River - Prineville - Oregon

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Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon #18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
February Midges, Blue Winged Olive Afternoon #18-22, #16-20 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat, BWO Emerger
March Blue Winged Olive, Skwala Stonefly Mid Day #16-20, #10-12 BWO Emerger, Skwala Dry Fly
April Blue Winged Olive, Caddis Afternoon to Dusk #16-20, #14-18 BWO Emerger, Elk Hair Caddis
May Caddis, Pale Morning Dun Afternoon to Dusk #14-18, #16-20 Elk Hair Caddis, PMD Dry Fly
June Pale Morning Dun, Golden Stone All Day #16-20, #8-12 PMD Dry Fly, Stimulator
July Pale Morning Dun, Caddis Afternoon to Dusk #16-20, #14-18 PMD Dry Fly, Elk Hair Caddis
August Caddis, Terrestrials Early Morning, Dusk #14-18, #8-12 Elk Hair Caddis, Hopper Patterns
September Blue Winged Olive, Terrestrials Mid Day to Dusk #16-20, #8-12 BWO Emerger, Hopper Patterns
October Blue Winged Olive, Midges Afternoon #16-20, #18-22 BWO Emerger, Zebra Midge
November Midges, Blue Winged Olive Afternoon #18-22, #16-20 Zebra Midge, BWO Emerger
December Midges Afternoon #18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Crooked River in Prineville offers several top-notch locations for fly fishing enthusiasts. Here are some of the best spots to checkout:

  • Lower Crooked River: This stretch from Bowman Dam to Prineville Reservoir is excellent for catching rainbow trout. A great place for both wading and bank fishing.
  • Chimney Rock: Known for its high densities of Redside Rainbow trout, it’s a paradise for anglers. Ensure to follow the catch-and-release regulations.
  • Prineville Reservoir: This is a year-round fishery that offers both trout and large mouth bass. This vast area is ideal for boat fishing.
  • Crooked River below the Opal Springs: This is a great place to catch Brown Trout. Summer is the best season to visit for a successful fishing trip.
  • Big Bend Campground: Located a few miles downstream of Bowman Dam, it offers the best catch rates, particularly in the spring and early summer.

Best Access Points

The Crooked River – Prineville offers numerous access points ideal for fly fishing. Here are the best ones:
  • Crooked River Campground: Accessible via Highway 27, this location features a campground and river access for fishing.
  • Big Bend Campground: Located further upstream, it provides trails leading directly to the river, increasing fishing opportunities.
  • Cobble Rock Campground: This campground is a great overnight option for anglers, with easy access to the river just steps from the campsites.
  • Chimney Rock Campground: Positioned in a flat area surrounded by cliffs, it provides privacy for anglers and river access at several places.
  • Lower Palisades access point: Located between Chimney Rock and Cobble Rock Campgrounds, perfect for those who seek solitude plus excellent fly fishing.
These locations are open year-round offering great access to the river and campsites. Check local regulations before fishing, as seasonal restrictions may apply.

Local Fish

  • Redside Rainbow Trout: Known for their fighting prowess and beautiful colors, Redside Rainbow trout is a popular target among fly fishers on the Crooked River.
  • Mountain Whitefish: This species thrives in the crystal clear waters of the river and provides an exciting challenge for anglers.
  • Brown Trout: Brown trout are a bit more elusive than other species, making them a prized catch in the Crooked River.
  • American Shad: These are a migratory fish that enter the river in late spring and early summer and are a favorite among fly fishers.
  • Brook Trout: Small but beautiful, brook trout can be found in the various tributaries of the Crooked River.
  • Major Salmon: Major salmon species are present in the Crooked River where fly anglers enjoy the vigor of these strong, large fish.
  • Bull Trout: Known for their aggressive behavior, bull trout are more challenging to catch and are therefore a favorite among expert anglers.
  • Steelhead Trout: These migratory fish are prized for their size and strength, making them a top target for fly fishing in the Crooked River.

About The River

The Crooked River is an absolute gem in central Oregon. With its headwaters at the base of the majestic Cascades, this meandering waterway extends around 125 miles before joining the Deschutes River near the charming town of Prineville. The Crooked River offers limitless fun, perfect for
  • Fishing: Rich in trout and famous for fly fishing!
  • Recreation: Rafting, swimming, and delightful summer picnics.
Historically, Native American tribes first inhabited the area, cherishing the river for its abundance of fish. Later it played a key role in the development of Prineville, when Cattle king Barney Prine settled down beside it in 1868 – giving the town its name! Today, locals and visitors continue to adore the Crooked River, for its unmatched natural beauty and enticing activities. It’s truly a testament to the captivating allure of central Oregon’s landscape.
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