One of the famed lakes along the Cascade Lakes Highway, Crane Prairie Reservoir is nearly 5 square miles in size and formed by a dam on the upper Deschutes River. A trophy trout fishery, rainbows average 12 to 13 inches, and specimens in the 5-pound range are not unusual. Brook trout as large as 6 pounds have been caught here. Kokanee average 14 to 16 inches. In the late 1970s, someone illegally introduced largemouth bass to the reservoir. This planting took, and now anglers target these gamefish as well. Crappie and bluegill were also illegally planted here some time ago and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fishery managers encourage anglers to take home as many as they catch, since their presence potentially threatens the reservoir’s trout fishery. Bass run 12 to 14 inches and weigh in at 2 to 5 pounds. Key Species: rainbow trout, brook trout, kokanee, largemouth bass.
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