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Crooked River Basin Largemouth Bass, Mountain White Fish, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

Prineville, Oregon, USA

4 Anglers Maximum

Fishing per day: starting at $150 per guest

Camping per day: starting at $50 per guest

Looking to catch a Trout in Oregon? Well, then you should keep Crooked River in mind. Enjoy 1.5 miles of fishing on the Crooked River just outside of Prineville, Oregon. Here you will find rainbow trout, you may also find some brown trout, whitefish, bass, and pike minnow in certain areas of the river. The Crooked River is known to be one of the best fly-fishing rivers in Oregon.

For this property, the trout bite is typically first thing in the morning (5:30 AM – 7:30 AM). If you come later than this you may catch more bass, whitefish, and pike minnow. The best trout fishing traditionally is from April through June in the early morning and again in the fall. July and August the water is typically very low and warm.

The river has several rocky shelves and deep pools, offering great opportunities for nymphing and dry fly fishing and ample room to cast. Various nymph patterns, such as Pheasant Tails, Hare’s Ears, and Zebra Midges, tend to be effective. Dry flies like Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, and Blue Winged Olives can work well during hatches. A lightweight fly rod in the 3 to 5 weight range is suitable for most situations on the Crooked River. Expect to catch trout in the 8-12 inch range, and occasionally a few in the 14-16 inch range. This area is known more for its quantity of fish rather than the size of the fish.

Access to this property will be fairly easy for most anglers and you have access to both sides of the river. There are willows lining some of the North banks of the river, but it has access pockets all up and down this beat. This property is going to lend to better wade fishing, but you can find shore fishing as well. May, June, and July will be your best months to fish.

Keep your eye out for wildlife as you enjoy the fishing and the scenery. Take note that this property can have rattlesnakes and mountain lions on it.

Camping is allowed on the property, making it a great location for a long weekend or week-long trip.

Please note, Under the Oregon Stream Access Law, the public may use rivers and streams for recreational purposes up to the ordinary high-water mark. Although unlikely, you could potentially see other anglers while on this property. RareWaters mission is to spread the power of the outdoors and the inspiration to conserve it. To that end, we try our best to find properties that are away from the crowds for a serene fishing experience.

Although we typically get your booking approved within a few hours, please allow up to 1 business day for booking confirmations.

Due to livestock and other concerns, dogs and other pets are NOT permitted on this property.

Camping prices are per vehicle/per day. Camping is dispersed camping. Please practice “leave no trace” principles and pack out all trash. You will need to supply your own water. Propane fires allowed. A smaller camper (20′ or less) could fit in the flat spot near the juniper grove.


Know before you go

Check out the resources below to help you prepare for your upcoming trip and ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information for a stellar day on the water.

  1. Don’t forget your local fishing license, you can grab one online here.
  2. Check your local flow report here.  Ideal Range: 80 - 275 CFS.  Too Low: below 80 CFS. Too High: 450 or higher
  3. Contact our area fly shop partner, Confluence Fly Shop, for the most up-to-date hatch and fly information.
  4. Know the local regulations.
  5. Fishing Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
  6. Fishing Season: For this property, the trout bite is typically first thing in the morning (5:30 AM - 7:30 AM). If you come later than this you may catch more bass, whitefish, and pike minnow. The best trout fishing traditionally is from April through June in the early morning and again in the fall. July and August the water is typically very low and warm.

Most of our properties are ranches, so expect to walk through hayfields, cow fields, or even hop a few fences. These are not "groomed" properties. They can be rugged and wild and we believe that is part of the adventure with RareWaters! If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach out in advance of booking a trip!

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Reviews (2)

4.6 out of 5.0
Service 5.0
Value for Money 4.0
Location 4.5
Cleanliness 5.0
  • Steve D.
    August 24, 2023 at 11:56 am

    My father-in-law and I tried to fish this property in late May but there was way too much water due to a late snow melt and spring runoff. We came back in late June and found the river much more manageable. We caught a couple of redside trout and a bunch of pike minnow and mountain white fish. I have fished public waters below the dam on the crooked before but had never had the opportunity to fish this upper section which is primarily private land. It was really nice to have such a tranquil experience walking this stretch just the two of us.

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  • Dan Henninger
    June 15, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    I fished this property 06-15-2023. I had a real fun day and was the only one on the property. There was consistent action all day and landed 10 rainbows and the same number of whitefish. All the fish were in the in the 8″ to 10″ range and very aggressive. The day were breezy and nymph fished using small scuds and zebra midges. Beautiful spot and very much recommend. Thank you.

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Crooked River Basin

Frequently asked questions.

What is RareWaters?

We provide affordable and easy access to private ranches for you to experience do-it-yourself (DIY) fly fishing experiences. No upfront membership fees are required. Just pay as you book! Pricing is listed at the top of each property's listing page. DIY fly fishing means anglers are responsible for determining weather, river flow and fishing conditions. When the information is available, we include weather and river flow information for the properties on our website.

What hours can I fish?

Each landowner sets their fishing hours, and most are sunrise to sunset. We have a few landowners who deviate from that timeframe. This information is listed on each property listing page.

Can a non-angling friend or relative join me?

At this time, everyone over the age of 12 must pay the full rod fee to be on RareWaters' property. This is to ensure that all anglers have the serenity, space and outdoor experience we are committed to providing.

Will I get the water all to myself?

We limit each property to a max number of anglers, typically no more than 3-4 anglers per mile. This is different for each property, so be sure to go to the property's listing page to find out what the maximum is for the property you want to book. For example, if you have 2 anglers in your group and the maximum number of anglers is 4, we may add 2 other anglers to the property that day, even if they are from another group. If you book all 4 (or more) rod spots that day, then your group will have the whole property to yourselves.

How do I know where to go after I book?

After we receive your payment, you will receive a booking confirmation email. Within 7 days of your reservation, you will receive a property map via email with GPS coordinates, directions, parking and camping information, etc. We strongly encourage all anglers to save GPS coordinates into their smartphones before leaving cell service. Many of our properties are remote working ranches with limited cell service. Google Maps is our preferred app for all angler directions.

What are your booking policies?

Great question. Here are a few policies you should know before you go:

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made ten (10) days or more before the booked date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made five (5) to ten (10) days before the booked date will receive a credit for future use. Cancellations made five (5) days or less before the booked date will receive no refund or credit. By submitting a booking request for any RareWaters' property, you agree to this cancellation policy. If you request to book a property within 10 days of the request date, and the booking is approved and you cancel the booking, you will receive a credit for future use. RareWaters is not responsible for weather, river flows or fishing conditions. Anglers are responsible for determining weather, river flows and fishing conditions. Refunds and credits will not be issued for weather, river flows or fishing conditions. The Cancellation Policy may be superseded by extenuating circumstances as deemed appropriate by RareWaters' staff.

Maximum Angler Policy:

Please note, if your party does not equate to the maximum angler amount for the property you've booked, you may encounter another angler or group. Maximum angler amounts are listed in the description for every property on the website. Please practice good fishing etiquette around other anglers by giving each other plenty of space and sharing different stretches of the watershed.

Leave No Trace Policy:

All anglers must adhere to RareWaters "Leave No Trace" policy. This policy requires all anglers to leave properties better off than they found them. If you see trash, please pick it up and pack it out. We ask that you kindly be respectful of the land, any livestock, and the watershed so we can continue to offer fly fishing access for years to come. Trespassing will not be tolerated and all violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. By submitting a booking request through the RareWaters website, you agree to this Leave No Trace Policy.

Solicitation Policy:

Under no circumstances may an angler or their guest solicit RareWaters' landowners for any reason. During your trip, anglers and guests are not permitted to promote, sell or offer any kind of services or products to RareWaters' landowners. Additionally, anglers and their guests may not compete with RareWaters in any way while visiting RareWaters' properties. By submitting a booking request through the RareWaters website, you agree to this Solicitation Policy.