Fishing Recreation

Prineville is a central location for some of the finest fishing Oregon has to offer. Rainbow TroutThere are fishing opportunities in every season so grab your gear and be prepared to make some memories!

Each of these fishing locations is a full-day experience. Walton Lake and the Prineville Reservoir are wonderful family spots for novice anglers, while The Crooked River offers bait and fly fishing opportunities in a basalt rimrock canyon. Anglers who like to troll for their dinner will prefer Prineville Reservoir and Ochoco Reservoir. Experienced fly fishermen will want to try the spring fed, gin-clear Metolius and blue-ribbon Deschutes. Those new to fly fishing will do best on the Crooked River.

Fishing Destinations

Ochoco Reservoir
Fish Species: Rainbow trout, brown bullhead catfish, largemouth bass, black crappie. Both stocked trout and native trout.
Walton Lake
When to Fish: Early spring is best for larger fish. Rainbows 8-10″ stocked each month, April to Aug.
Crooked River
Fish Species: Redband trout, whitefish.
Prineville Reservoir
Fish Species: Fish this body of water from a boat for bass, crappie, catfish, and trout.
Allen Creek Reservoir
Fish Species: Redband trout and brook trout.
Antelope Flat Reservoir
Fish Species: Rainbow trout. Average 12″, some 18″.

A Note About Redband Trout

Redband Trout are indigenous to Central Oregon. They spawn in rivers and streams during March, April, and May. Cool, clean water is necessary for the eggs to survive. Fry emerge from the gravel in June and July. Redband live where they were spawned. It takes three years for them to fully mature.


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Other Nearby Destinations

The Deschutes River and the Metolius River are not for beginners, but if you came to Oregon to fish, you must try some of our finest waters in spectacular settings.

Metolius River
Fish Species: Redband rainbows, brown trout, bull trout (Dolly Varden), whitefish.
Middle Deschutes River– This is the stretch of the Deschutes River from Pelton Dam/Lake Simtustus north of Madras to Sherars Falls north of Maupin.
Fish Species: Redband rainbow trout, steelhead, some browns, bull trout, and whitefish.
Lower Deschutes River– This is the stretch of river from Sherars Falls north to the Columbia River.
Fish Species: Although redband trout and whitefish are present, this stretch is fished for steelhead.