Crane Prairie Reservoir Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Crane Prairie is one of the finest fly fishing reservoirs in the West. It has more than its share of big trout, scenery, and wildlife viewing opportunities. The famed Deschutes River fills this reservoir and, though the lake is not very deep (11 to 20 feet), water levels are fairly consistent. Fish enjoy good cover and plenty of insects. Most people fish the reservoir from a boat or float tube. Try trolling large streamers and other wet flies. Nymphing works well early in the season. Fish near Crane’s distinctive submerged trees and stick-ups and close to the shoreline when the water is high. In low-water conditions look for the two main (submerged) river channels.
Types of Fish: You’ll find rainbow and brook trout with a fair population of kokanee and illegally introduced bass. The size of these trout is amazing: three- to five- pound fish are common, and fish in the 10-pound range are recorded annually. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."