Crooked River fishing report 5/25/17

The Water continues to hold at 280 which is the level it was all last summer. Mothers Day Caddis hatches are strong. Fishing is pretty decent, with a lot of whitefish and smaller trout coming to net for our guides so far this week.

Mothers Day Caddis in the Pupa and Adult are very important, plus Scuds, Zebra Midges, Rainbow Warriors and a few BWO’s hatching plus Micro Mayfly Nymphs are doing the trick.

Crooked River FISHABLE! 5/17/17

For the first time in nearly 2 months, it appears the run off is over and the Crooked has dropped to fishable levels.

It is 268 cfs today. That is 12 cfs than it flowed for most of the Summer in 2016.

We do not have a fishing report. No one from here has been there yet.

I will guess we will immediately have success on Frenchie’s, Zebra Midges, Mother’s Day Caddis (Pupa and Adult), Micro Mayfly Nymphs, Lightning Bugs and Rainbow Warriors. Keep an eye out for BWO’s.

Anyway, it is nice to add this report to our list. It has been a long winter and spring without having our beloved Crooked as one of the options.

Crooked River 4/13/17

Still not in fishable condition. Over 1000 cfs…. It dropped a little and went back up. Reservoir is 99% full and it looks like Bureau of Reclamation (we like to call them the Bureau of Wreck) is keeping the outflow pretty even with the inflow. Thats a good idea at this point. Not sure how much snow is still sitting on the ground to melt in the Ochocco’s? From Redmond on Monday I could still see snow up in the mountains out east, but I can’t imagine this is going to go much longer.

Let’s hope for 200 cfs soon!

Crooked is too high 2/17/17

The latest:


Prineville Reservoir discharges will increase from 600 cfs to 1,000 cfs (two-200cfs increases) today based on the current reservoir inflow. We are currently 4kaf below the flood curve with current inflows at approximately 3,300 cfs. Conditions and forecasts will continue to be monitored and adjustment made to discharge as necessary.

Let me know if you have any questions.



Chris Runyan, P.E.

River and Reservoir Operations

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

PN Regional Office

1150 N. Curtis Ave.

Boise, ID 83706


Crooked River fishing report 2/15/17

The water is running a little high, at 386 cfs. Normal winter flow is about 80 cfs, normal summer flow 250’ish. It is fishable. I probably wouldn’t try to wade across it myself, but I’d work the edges.
Scuds and Zebra Midges are working, but in higher water it is never a bad choice to swing or dead drift an olive or black leech pattern.
From what I am hearing, fishing is slow to fair for most anglers.
Drop Shot, Czech nymph/sighters, Palsa or NZ indicators and Zebra Midges are your best keys to higher numbers of landed fish. #respect whitefish.

There have been no real BWO hatches to speak of, and a few good midge hatches but nothing really getting the fish to look up when feeding quite yet. We need some warm days I think to get that going and right now there is nothing in the 10 day forecast that looks like the trend will change.
The March forecast is interesting though. Forecasters are calling for the shift of the La Nina current to go south moderating the Pacific NW temps and maybe going to slightly above average temperatures. Let’s hope it doesn’t get too warm and cause rapid melt and big runoff though. We’ll keep an eye on that.

Crooked River 2/1/17

The conditions are good with the water staying at a great flow this winter. Snow on the bank and parking areas is still there but it has become much easier to navigate and you can park pretty much anywhere now.

Drop Shot nymphing is by far the best way to go, and use either a FTB Sighter (indicator) or NZ Yarn indicators. The take is S-O-F-T.
Fishing is Fair, with a few better days mixed in.

The fish are eating mostly Black Thread Midges or Zebra Midges. Scuds, Small Hares Ears, Micro Mayflies and Prince Nymphs are good choices for the next several weeks.

There have been some midges hatching and fish looking up and rising once in a while. You will have more success focusing on Nymphs. On our last report we talked about BWO’s coming off. Lately there have been none and I don’t think there really will be until maybe late Feb or early to mid-March.