Crane Prairie Reservoir is the place to go if you're looking for large fish, so much so that the locals refer to rainbow trout coming out of the lake as "cranebows". This lake is huge, roughly 3400 acres of open water, but only has an average depth of 15 feet. If you haven't been there, get your boat, get your kayak, get your tube - anything that floats and your fishing gear. Most of the larger fish can be found in the channels, which are sometimes hard to find because they're only a few feet deeper than the shallows.
Be sure to check the Fishing Regulations and Emergency Rules for this area.
Our Crane Prairie Reservoir fishing maps show areas we love to fish. If you've never fished here before these are great places to start.
The flies we've listed below are some of the locals favorites for this section of the water. If you're interested in learning to tie these flies, we've included links to show you how!
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September 20, 2019 - Crane has remained the lake of choice for my guides this last week. We have had some great days despite wet and cold weather. The Kokanee are getting colored up and have been pushing higher into the main channels to spawn in large numbers. The trout are spreading back out and although the channels are …
August 20, 2019 - Crane has continued to fish well, and is producing consistent numbers of quality fish that are tough to match at the moment. The water temperatures are plenty warm to have pushed the fish into the channels, and nymphing Chironomids, Leeches, and small Mayfly patterns below an indicator have been the ticket. Make sure to stay …
August 5, 2019 - The lake is heating up and those fish have moved down as deep as they can go. Keys to success will be finding those channels and fishing them well. My Guides will find a channel, mark each side of it with small buoys and then position the boat in a way so you are able …
July 26, 2019 - Fish are in the channels seeking the coldest water in the lake, be sure to utilize your depth finder and locate those deepers spots. We like to focus on the holes and outside bends to find the coldest water possible where those fish will hold. Fish will cruise the channels but I wouldn’t wait around …
July 18, 2019 - We are entering the prime season on Crane Prairie Reservoir. Fish are beginning to concentrate in cool waters of the various channels that thread the bottom of one of the area’s favorite stillwater fisheries. We spend much of our time fishing indicator rigs this time of year, so we can consistently and accurately target specific …
July 12, 2019 - The water is warm enough now that we are spending the majority of our time fishing the channels. Targeting depths within a foot or so of the bottom with an indicator rig has been the best way to find fish, and will likely be through the rest of the summer. We’ve seen fish showing a …
Be sure to check out nearby fishing spots, they're less than 15 miles away from Crane Prairie Reservoir!