Fly Fishing Bend Oregon 20 Places Within 90 Minutes


Bend is not an ordinary town for fly fishing. Fly-Fisher Magazine placed Bend in the top 10 best spots to go fly fishing.

In Bend you can find many places where you can go fly fishing, some areas are very close to Bend, and some places are only 90 minutes away.

In this article, we will talk about 20 places within 90 a minute drive from Bend, Oregon. I will give you a guide, so you can find information about all of these 20 places in this brief blog post.

Fly Fishing Bend Oregon 20 Places

  • Crane Prairie Reservoir
  • Wickiup Reservoir
  • Davis Lake
  • Sparks Lake
  • Devil’s Lake
  • Big Cultus Lake And Little Cultus Lake
  • Three Creeks Lake
  • Hosmer Lake
  • Elk Lake
  • Big Lava Lake
  • Little Lava Lake
  • EAST Lake
  • Paulina Lake
  • TWIN Lake
  • Suttle Lake
  • Lake BILLY CHINOOK
  • Lake Simtustus
  • Haystack Reservoir
  • Prineville Reservoir,
  • Ochoco Reservoir

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR

Recreation fishing from boat Crane Prairie Deschutes National Forest

This is one of the best places in Bend, where you will love fly fishing.

Crane Prairie is a famous place in Bend, because of the large trout. You may catch the biggest trout that you ever caught right here in Crane Prairie.

  • Surface Area
    • 4960 Acres.
  • Depth
    • 20 Feet.
  • Shoreline
    • 22 Miles.
  • Elevation
    • 4445 Feet.

The heartwarming beauty here is everywhere and there is nothing is more enjoyable than fly fishing at a beautiful location.

You can find a lot of dead trees lying in the Lake. These trees in the lake provide protection to the fish, it means you can fly fish near them and maybe catch the monster.

You can catch large trout fish here, and these large fish are usually found in channels, and the channels are not easy to find in this Lake.

But if you can find a channel, there is a very good chance that you might catch a large trout.

Fish to Catch Here

  • Brook Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Kokanee Salmon

Crane Prairie is famously known for large Trout, and most fishermen come here only to catch large Trout.

But there are a lot of people that bass fish here as well. You should visit this place if you want to have a fantastic experience.

Recommended Flies

  • Simple Golden Stone
  • Foam Beetle 2.0
  • October Caddis Euro Nymph
  • Simple Midge Larva
  • Turbo Midge
  • Bird of Prey Caddis
  • Walt’s Worm and the Sexy Walt’s
  • Hendrickson Sparkle Dun
  • Olive Woolly Bugger
  • J.C.s Electric Caddis Pupa
  • Jujubee Midge
  • Holy Grail Caddis Emerger

WICKIUP RESERVOIR

Wikiup Reservoir
Photo by Bonnie Moreland

Wickiup Reservoir is famous for lots of trout, but big size trout are also very common here.

You can also find a large population of Kokanee here. Fly fishing in this area is exciting and fun, you can try to catch big trout here.

If you haven’t found that big trout yet then you might catch the biggest trout of your life here.

  • Surface Area
    • 10334 Acres.
  • Depth
    • 70 Feet.
  • Capacity
    • 206880 acre. Feet.
  • Elevation
    • 4338 Feet.

Wickiup is surrounded by beautiful trees, pine-covered mountains that add an extra beautiful experience to fly fishing.

The best time to go fly fishing is in April when this reservoir is providing huge trout fish to catch and a lot of Kokanee to find.

Enjoy your time catching big fish and also experience the peacefulness of the surrounding areas.

Fish to Catch Here

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Kokanee Salmon
  • Mountain Whitefish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass

There also many other species other than Trout. There are lots of fish to catch at this place and a lot of memories can be made here, so enjoy your time here.

Recommended Flies

  • Muskrat Nymph
  • C.D.C. Micro Caddis
  • Euro Golden Stone
  • Squirminator
  • Sucker Spawn
  • Ginger Quill
  • Popsicle Fly
  • Blue Winged Olive Quill Nymph
  • Palomino Midge
  • S.B.R. Sulphur Nymph
  • Bivisible
  • Foam Cricket

Davis Lake

Davis Lake
Photo by Bonnie Moreland

In Davis Lake, only fly fishing is allowed on this lake. You can find some big trout as well as largemouth bass in Davis Lake.

Davis Lake also holds a lot of big basses for you to catch, but according to the rules, you will have to release them. Which is fine as most fly fishermen release most of their fish anyways

This lake is a catch and release fishery only. This Lake is also iconic for fly fishermen who like to catch big trout or largemouth bass.

  • Surface Elevation
    • 1337 M.
  • Depth
    • 9 Feet.
  • Shoreline
    • 206880 acre. Feet.
  • Area
    • 15.81 KM

You may know that someone illegally introduced the largemouth bass in Davis Lake. The bass has prospered very well.

This might make it challenging to find trout if you come to Davis Lake to only catch Trout.

You can find trout between Odell Creek from south to the middle of the Lake, and bass can be seen from the center to the lava blockage.

Fish to Catch Here

  • Trout
  • Largemouth Bass

Davis Lake is a beautiful lake formed when Odell creek was blocked by lava, and this natural incident formed a beautiful lake that holds a lot of fish for you to catch.

Recommended Flies

  • Mop ‘N Glo 2.0
  • Ken’s Crystal Worm
  • Matt’s Monster Bugger
  • Hornberg Dry Fly
  • Stonefly Creeper
  • Damselfly Nymph
  • Squirmy Wormy
  • Solomon Hairwing Caddis
  • Peacock March Brown Parachute
  • Picket Pin
  • Tuft and Tail Patterns
  • Goddard Caddis

Sparks Lake

Sparks Lake
Sparks Lake

This is a fly fishing only Lake, where you can find cutthroat Trout and small brook trout.

Cutthroat Trout are annually planted by the ODFW, and small brook trout are naturally located and reproduced in this Lake.

To fly fish here, you need a barbless hook, because only these type of hooks are allowed.

  • Surface Elevation
    • 1656 M.
  • Depth
    • 1 Foot.
  • Shoreline
    • 16 K.M.
  • Area
    • 3.152 KM

Spark Lake is gorgeous, and the views are stunning. Its stunning beauty adds an extra exciting texture to fly fishing.

If you are interested in catching a good-sized trout or even a small-sized trout, you should definitely come here.

Fish to Catch Here

  • Small Brook Trout
  • Cutthroat Trout

This Lake isn’t that far from Bend, Oregon, all of the mentioned places are located within a 90-minute drive. Before you visit, check out rules and regulations here.

Recommended Flies

  • Barr’s Meat Whistle
  • Eggs Over Easy
  • J.C.’s Skunk Pygmy Sculpin
  • Isonychia Nymph
  • Less Mess Morrish Mouse
  • Green Caddis Larva
  • Soft Hackle Streamer
  • Steelhead Woolly Bugger
  • squirmy Wormy
  • Extended Body Light Cahill
  • Rusty Rat
  • Son of San Juan Worm

Devil’s Lake

Sparks Lake
Photo by Bonnie Moreland

Devils Lake near Bend is not very well know like Devils Lake that is on the Oregon Coast. But this Devils Lake is a shallow lake and it is only a little over 20 acres in size.

This lake is about 30 miles from Bend Oregon and it is a very good place to bring kids to fish.

The water of this Lake is beautiful, and the surroundings are also stunning.

Devil’s Lake is filled with hatchery rainbow trout, and you can find a massive population of rainbow trout.

If you would like to know when they are going stock trout check out this link. You should visit this lake because fly fishing is fun and exciting here.

  • Surface Elevation
    • 3.17 M.
  • Depth
    • 21 Feet.
  • Area
    • 2.752 KM

There are no motors allowed but you can use float tubes and small human-powered craft. This can give you an advantage when catching fish.

Fish to Catch Here

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Coho Salmon
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Yellow Perch

As you know, we choose flies that depend on the location of the lake and fish food that is found around the lake.

To help you out, here are some of the best flies that you can use when you are at Devil’s Lake.

Recommended Flies

  • D.P.D. Nymph
  • Parachute Adams Size 22
  • Wally Wing Rusty Spinner
  • G.F.A. Hopper
  • Sulphur Parachute Fly
  • Mop Hopper
  • Al’s Rat
  • B.P.S. Spent Caddis
  • Composite Loop Zonker
  • Wood Duck Scud
  • Zebra Midge
  • Fur Ant

Big Cultus Lake and Little Cultus Lake

Cultus_Lake_Oregon
Cultus_Lake_Oregon

Both lakes are like little and big brothers, both lakes are surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Both lakes are known for big trout, this place might not be known for catching a lot of trout but are well known for catching big trophy trout.

In these lakes trout naturally grow big and healthy.

Fish to Catch Here

  • Lake Whitefish
  • Coho Salmon
  • Northern Pikeminnow
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Largescale Sucker
  • Dolly Varden
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Common Carp
  • Bull Trout
  • Mountain Whitefish

These lakes are open all year for fishermen, and you should visit this lake you might catch your first big trout.

At both lakes, there are great spots to fish, and you can find them easily if you are determined enough.

You can also find many other great lakes near these two lakes, where you can fly fish. It is nice to have so many places to fly fish close to each other.

In these lakes speed boats are allowed, so you can have a lot of fun even if you don’t want to catch fish.

Recommended Flies

  • Bead Head Baetis Nymph
  • Pat’s Rubber Legs 4K
  • B.W.O. Improved Sparkle Dun
  • Ken Lockwood Streamer
  • Steelie Omelet
  • Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph
  • Leading Coachman
  • Royal Wulff
  • Bully Bluegill Spider 4K
  • Ginny Midge
  • Crane Fly Larva
  • October Caddis Skater

Three Creeks Lake

If you want to enjoy fly fishing and want to catch a lot of fish, then you should come to Three Creek Lake.

Three Creek Lake is best known for its’ summertime fishery. There is also a small store on the Lake, where you can rent a boat or get something to eat and drink.

  • Surface Elevation
    • 1,996 M
  • Depth
    • 20 Feet.
  • Area
    • 31 ha

Motors are not allowed here, but boats float tubes, Kayaks, and canoes can be used by anglers.

This lake can be accessed all year, but you can’t enter when the access gate is closed. This lake is surrounded by beautiful scenery and lots of fish to catch here. I am very sure you will enjoy your time here.

Recommended Flies

  • Less Mess Morrish Mouse
  • Trico Parachute
  • B.W.O. Improved Sparkle Dun
  • Olive Woolly Bugger
  • Simple Snowshoe Emerger
  • Poison Tung
  • Orange Asher
  • Micro Pheasant Tail Nymph
  • S.B.R. Sulphur Nymph
  • Parachute Adams Size 22
  • Last Chance Cripple Hendrickson
  • Ray Charles Sow Bug

Hosmer Lake

Hosmer Lake
Hosmer Lake Fly fishing Only
  • Surface Area
    • 198 Acres
  • Depth
    • 12 Feet.
  • Shoreline
    • 5 Miles.
  • Elevation
    • 4964 Feet.

Hosmer Lake is another Lake, where only fly fishing is allowed. When you get to the upper lake, there is so much water, and the scenic view is breathtaking.

You can also find Atlantic salmon here, and now there are more trout that are being planted.

Fish to Catch Here

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Atlantic Salmon

You will have to follow the catch and release rules here on every fish. This lake is considered one of the best fishing areas in Oregon.

Fall is the best time of fly fishing here. You can find many trout here as well as salmon. The scenery is beautiful, and you might also see a black bear around here, so don’t forget to maintain a safe distance.

Recommended Flies

  • Squirrel and Herl Bugger 4K
  • Snowflake Sculpin
  • Red and Black Midge
  • The Insult
  • Half and Half
  • Burmeister
  • Bully Bluegill Spider 4K
  • Euro Early Black Stone
  • Elk Hair Caddis
  • Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph
  • Egan’s Red Dart
  • A Kinder, Gentler Mop Fly

Elk Lake

Elk Lake
Photo by Bonnie Moreland
  • Surface elevation
    • 1,488 m
  • Area
    • 164 ha.
  • Depth
    • 12 feet
  • Shore length
    • 5.1 miles

Elk Lake is around 32 miles away from Bend. You can reach there after about a 50-minute drive Approximately.

The specialty of this Lake is here you can find Brook Trout, Kokanee, and Cutthroat also. This place is also famous for windsurfing, swimming, and sailing.

You can also enjoy boats and other services that are available for rent at Elk Lake.

This place becomes much more attractive for fish lovers and natural beauty due to the natural reproduction of Trout and Kokanee. You can use the nearby boat ramp or use the campground for camping.

Some requirements necessary to know for fishing here are:

  • Fishing license if your age is above 12
  • Equipment required for fishing “fishing rod, tackle, lures.”
  • A copy of Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Fish to Catch Here

  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Walleye
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Bluegill
  • Rock Bass
  • Yellow Perch
  • Muskie
  • Northern Pike

Recommended Flies

  • Brahma Bugger
  • Classic Dry Fly with Hackle Tip Wings
  • Muddler Minnow
  • Snowshoe Wing Rusty Spinner
  • Green Caddis Larva
  • Ian’s Brass Ass
  • Hendrickson Sparkle Dun
  • Crackleback
  • Solomon Hairwing Caddis
  • Mike’s Honey Ant
  • October Caddis Skater
  • J.C.’s Skunk Pygmy Sculpin

Big Lava Lake

Big Lava Lake
Big Lava Lake
  • Surface Area
    • 368 Acres
  • Depth
    • 34 Feet.
  • Shoreline
    • 3.3 Miles.
  • Elevation
    • 4740 Feet.

The Big Lava Lake is also a very attractive place for fly fishing due to its beautiful scenery and fresh trout. There is also all types of facilities available like a boat ramp, campground, picnic area, vault toilets, and docks.

You can easily approach Big Lava Lake after a 60-minute drive of around 40 miles southwest of Bend in the State of Oregon.

In every spring trout are planted in large numbers. That’s why there is no shortage of trout for fishing. So you can successfully go fishing any day with a fly rod.

Fish to Catch Here

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Tui Chub

Recommended Flies

  • Double Standard
  • Iris Caddis
  • Renegade
  • Deadpool Midge
  • Chimera Caddis Larva
  • Major Woody
  • Olive Woolly Bugger
  • Cream Variant
  • Stonefly Creeper
  • Trico Spinner
  • Trico Parachute
  • Iso Iso Baby

Little Lava Lake

Little Lava Lake
Little Lava Lake
  • Surface elevation
    • 1,446 m
  • Area
    • 56 ha
  • Max depth
    • 6.1 m
    • Average depth8 feet

Here is another place for you with both Rainbow and Brook Trout and its around 39 miles away from Bend. The little Lava lake is a perfect place for fly fishing in Central Oregon. Little Lava has a good population of trout.

The rainbow trout are stocked and run between 6 and 12 inches there are a few brook trout and some tui chub They also allow non-motorized and motorized boats on this lake.

.Like Big Lava, this Lake also produces a huge number of Rainbow and other Trout of various sizes every year.

We have observed there is a better number of large fish which is more than average. Here at Big Lava Lake,

Fish to Catch Here

  • Rainbow trout
  • Brook trout
  • Tui chub

Recommended Flies

  • Double Standard
  • Iris Caddis
  • Renegade
  • Deadpool Midge
  • Chimera Caddis Larva
  • Major Woody
  • Olive Woolly Bugger
  • Cream Variant
  • Stonefly Creeper
  • Trico Spinner
  • Trico Parachute
  • Iso Iso Baby

East Lake

East Lake
East Lake

East Lake is also one of the best places for fishing from boats, kayaks, canoes, or float tubes that have popularity with fly fishers.

Rental boats and other services are also available at East lake resort located nearby.

A pleasant drive of around 70 minutes (42 miles) can also be enjoyed; the roads are open from the start of June and usually close in November.

In Newberry Volcanic National Monument, this is known as a sizeable deep-water lake with plenty of Rainbow, Brown Trout, and Kokanee along with a boat ramp, picnic area, and a vault toilet.

Fish to Catch Here

  • rainbow trout
  • Brown Trout
  • kokanee
  • Atlantic salmon

Recommended Flies

  • Matt’s Midge
  • Egan’s Red Dart
  • Double Standard
  • Higa’s S.O.S.
  • Serendipity
  • Yellow Humpy
  • Sulphur Usual Variant
  • Mop Hopper
  • Steelie Omelet
  • Yellow Sally Stimulator
  • WD-40 Plus

Paulina Lake

Paulina Lake
Paulina Lake

Paulina Lake is also part of Newberry Volcanic National Park. It has the potential of eye-catching scenery with stunning camping sites and it’s well managed for some trophy Brown Trout.

Roads are usually available for travel in the first week of June. The location is around 37 miles which makes it about a seventy-minute drive away from Bend Oregon.

When you compare it to other lakes, there are lots of services available like boat rentals at Paulina Lake Lodge.

Fish to Catch Here

  • Kokanee
  • Rainbow trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Tui chub
  • Blue chub

Recommended Flies

  • Hendo Hammer
  • Isonychia Emerger
  • Zelon Musk Midge
  • Squirrel and Herl Bugger 4K
  • G.F.A. Hopper
  • Simple Golden Stone
  • Wood Duck Heron
  • Purple Haze
  • Simple Snowshoe Emerger
  • Egg Sucking Leech
  • Swimming Crane Fly Larva
  • Mercer’s Missing Link

Twin Lake

Twin Lake
Twin Lake courtesy of Twin Lakes Resort

Twin Lake is well stocked with rainbows. Fishermen will fish from boats and other flotation devices as well as from the banks.

Without the flotation devices, shore fishing is the best option. There are no motors allowed not even electric motors

Fish to Catch Here

  • Rainbow trout
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Common carp
  • Green sunfish
  • Brown bullhead
  • Channel catfish

Recommended Flies

  • Woolly Bugger
  • Krystal Buggers
  • Olive Caddis
  • Black Gnat
  • Hornberg
  • Matuku
  • Yellow Humpy
  • Royal Wulff

Suttle Lake

Suttle Lake
Suttle Lake

This is a natural lake near the Cascade Range in Central Oregon. It was named after John Settle, and the amazing thing is that it was misspelled during official recording as a geographic feature.

Suttle Lake was naturally created during glaciations of mountains buried in ice. Normally it was classified as mesotrophic in natural conditions.

Still, now you can say eutrophic due to its current trophic state. In 1898 Suttle Lake became part of Cascade Forest and remained its part until 1908.

Later on, it became part of the newly formed Deschutes National Forest.

In 1920 some development was done at the Lake like a lodge, cabins, and camping by the U. S. Forest Service. The fishery is also managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fish to Catch Here

  • Kokanee
  • Brown Trout
  • Mountain whitefish
  • Rainbow trout

Recommended Flies

  • Off the Hook Sucker Spawn
  • Poison Tung
  • McKenna’s Rumble Bug
  • Shop-Vac
  • Clown Egg
  • B.P.S. Spent Caddis
  • Cinder Worm
  • Three Dollar Dip
  • Renegade
  • Casual Dress
  • Isonychia Emerger
  • Isonychia Parachute

Lake Billy Chinook

Lake Billy Chinook
Lake_Billy_Chinook,_Deschutes_National_Forest,_Oregon_(photo_by_Bob_Nichol)

Lake Billy Chinook is only a place in the area that has Bull Trout in quantity and quality. Not only, Bull Trout, there is also Brown Trout, Kokanee, and there are also Smallmouth Bass that are available.

A large, 3900-acre reservoir that is famous for boating, fishing, and skiing, as well as other services available at Cove Palisades Resort and Marina.

For camping nearby, check out Perry South Campground, the lower and upper Deschutes Day Use Area is also good where restrooms and showers are also available.

The majority area of the lake is surrounded by The Cove Palisades State Park, which offers good quality camping and lodging.

The best thing about it is it’s available year-round. On the other hand, Deschutes Campground is available from May to September only.

Fish to Catch Here

  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Kokanee
  • Rainbow trout
  • Bull trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Mountain whitefish
  • Black crappie
  • Pikeminnow
  • Chiselmouth
  • Blue chubs
  • Bridge lip sucker
  • Large scale sucker

Recommended Flies

  • McKenna’s Freestyle Fall Favorite
  • C.D.C. Micro Caddis
  • Tuft and Tail Patterns
  • Bighorn C.D.C. X-Caddis 4K
  • Disco Midge
  • Light Cahill
  • Shop-Vac
  • Brahma Bugger
  • Trico Spinner
  • B.W.O. Improved Sparkle Dun
  • Three Dollar Dip
  • Spent Partridge Caddis

Lake Simtustus

Lake Simtustus
Lake Simtustus Photo by Bonnie Moreland

Lake Simtustus is a reservoir on the Deschutes River that is blessed with Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, and Smallmouth Bass.

You must purchase and have a tribal fishing permit to be able to fish here. This Lake is open and available the whole year round for fishing.

Motorbike and ATV riding are not allowed as well as the possession of firearms because they are also prohibited.

Water skiing and tubing are allowed in designated areas only. Speed limits must be followed, and the crayfish harvest is only allowed to tribal fishing members.

Fish TO Catch Here

  • rainbow trout,
  • Brown Trout,
  • kokanee salmon,
  • mountain whitefish.
  • Bull Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sockeye Salmon
  • Steelhead

Haystack Reservoir

Haystack Reservoir
Haystack Reservoir

Haystack Reservoir is an irrigation reservoir that is located in Central Oregon. When it is full it is about 220 acres but because it is for irrigation the waters can fluctuate daily.

Haystack offers both warm and cold-water fishing. The reservoir is stocked with a moderate amount of trout in the early spring when the reservoir is at its fullest.

Haystack Reservoir also has a small amount of Brown Trout and Kokanee.

Sometimes you can find more than a 10 pound Rainbow trout when the department fish and wildlife plant an excess number of trout that are not needed for hatchery operations.

You can check out the weekly fishing report to plan your trip around these plantings.

Fish To Catch Here

  • Largemouth bass
  • Crappie
  • Rainbow trout
  • Kokanee
  • Brown Trout
  • Brown bullhead

Recommended Flies

  • S.B.R. Hendrickson Nymph
  • Micro Caddis Larva
  • Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph
  • Slumpbuster
  • Kaleidoscope Midge
  • Zebra Midge
  • Mike’s Honey Ant
  • J.C.’s Electric Steelie Stone
  • Trico Spinner
  • Mop Hopper
  • Ray Charles Sow Bug
  • Peg’s Midge

Prineville Reservoir

Prineville Reservoir
Prineville Reservoir

The mountain water that flows from the Ochoco Mountains is combined with Bowman Dam and this creates Prineville Reservoir.

Its location is about 56 miles and an 85-minute drive from Bend to Prineville. There are accessible campgrounds showers, picnic area, and boat ramp are available at the State Park and Jasper Point day-use area.

The fishing at Prineville Reservoir can be good anytime. It supports rainbow & cutthroat trout, small & largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and crayfish. You can fish for trout year-round, even ice-fishing is included in the dead of winter. Anywhere in the reservoir is suitable for fishing.

Fish TO Catch Here

  • Rainbow trout
  • cutthroat Trout
  • brown bullhead catfish
  • smallmouth bass
  • largemouth bass
  • northern pikeminnow
  • black crappie.

Recommended Flies

  • Brassie
  • Koga’s Hula Charlie
  • Micro Caddis Larva
  • Off the Hook Sucker Spawn
  • Caddis Larva
  • Slumpbuster
  • Quill Gordon Emerger
  • Caddis Emerger
  • Less Mess Morrish Mouse
  • Casual Dress

Ochoco Reservoir

Ochoco Reservoir
Ochoco Reservoir Photo Courtesy of Gary Halvorson

Ochoco Reservoir is located near Prineville it has an abundant variety of Black crappie, Brown Bullheads and Smallmouth Bass. This reservoir is stocked with around 25,000 trout every year, that’s why angling is so popular the whole year-round.

Trout fishing is also very popular here because hatchery rainbows are planted as well as the Redband Trout a resident in Crooked River drainage is found in the reservoir.

At Ochoco Reservoir, fishing can be done here year-round, but the best time is during the cooler months. Summer can also be good, but for the best results, try it early in the day when it’s cooler. Ice fishing is also pretty good here, but you have to check weather conditions locally before planning a trip.

In mid-spring, Bass and Crappie fishing is also a good option, especially when warmer water keeps those fish active.

Fish TO Catch Here

  • Rainbow trout
  • Brown bullhead catfish
  • Largemouth bass
  • Black crappie.

Recommended Flies

  • Griffith’s Gnat Emerger
  • Rusty Rat
  • WD-40 Plus
  • Koga’s Bonefish Shrimp
  • B.P.S. Spent Caddis
  • Ginny Midge
  • Moto’s Minnow
  • Mathews’s Zelon Midge
  • Little Black Stonefly Nymph
  • Bivisible
  • Leading Coachman
  • Solomon Hairwing Caddis

Dean Jensen

I started fly fishing in 1972 and I have learned quite a bit about this wonderful sport called fly fishing and I want to share some of the things that I have learned.

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