The Crooked River is flowing at 181 cfs below Bowman Dam

Crooked River - Prineville, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

The Crooked River is flowing at 181 cfs below Bowman Dam. Fly anglers report good fishing with dry-dropper setups.

Deschutes District analyzed data from Crooked River fish population monitoring using mark-recapture methods and boat electrofishing. The 2022 estimate for redband trout and mountain whitefish were just over 2,000 and 7,000 fish/mile, respectively. This is slightly below average for trout and higher than average for whitefish. In anticipation of a shortened irrigation season, ODFW staff are monitoring flow and water quality conditions in the Crooked River downstream of Bowman Dam.

Crooked River anglers may encounter bull trout now that there is volitional passage at Opal Springs. Anglers who catch a bull trout should release it unharmed and report their catch to the US Fish and Wildlife Service at [email protected].

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