This lake is closed from October 31 to April 22

Fishing Crane Prairie Reservoir

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.


Crane Prairie Reservoir Fishing Regulations

  • Open Apr 22 - Oct 31
  • Wild rainbow trout must be released.
  • 2 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length (including brook and brown trout, kokanee, and hatchery rainbow)

Be sure to check the Fishing Regulations and Emergency Rules  for this area.


Crane Prairie Reservoir Weather


Fishing Maps of the Crane Prairie Reservoir

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.

Browns Mountain Boat Launch

Crane Prairie Campground

Quinn River Boat Launch

Cultus River Inlet


Crane Prairie Reservoir Recommended Flies

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!


Crane Prairie Reservoir Stocking Schedule

DateTotal Fish Stocked
June 20206600

Crane Prairie Reservoir Fishing Reports

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Community Reports

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Local Fly Shop and Guide Reports

written by George Conlan

July 30, 2020 - Crane has been a decent dry dropper fishery as of late. The weather has continued to warm up the reservoir which in turn has pushed the fish into the cooler channels. Damsels, terrestrials, and attractor dry flies are your best bet up there with a dropper roughly 1-3 feet off the back. The longer the …

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written by George Conlan

July 16, 2020 - The water is clear throughout the lake and the fish are starting to concentrate in the various channels that thread the bottom of Crane Prairie. We spend much of our time fishing indicator rigs this time of year, so we can consistently target specific depths that hold actively feeding fish. Generally, water depths in the …

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written by George Conlan

July 1, 2020 - Fishing has been good out on Crane. The water level is staying consistent for us and the fish are happy. Some algae is blooming and parts of the lake are going to be worse than others. Even with that algae in the top two feet of the water column deeper down is still cold and …

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written by George Conlan

June 19, 2020 - The water temp is starting to rise a bit, and the fish are heading out to the channels. Quinn, and Rock Creek has been producing fish. Fishing under the indicator with Balanced Leeches and damsel nymphs has been the ticket to ride, colors include black & olive, black leeches, and olive damsels. For dry fly …

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written by George Conlan

June 8, 2020 - Crane Prairie Much of the same on Crane with fish slowly moving out of the flats to find more food and cooler temps in the channels. Callibaetis have been spotted but I haven’t heard of a decent hatch coming off quite yet. Damsels are also on the brain and should be showing up soon, we …

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written by George Conlan

May 13, 2020 - Good numbers of fish and fishermen have been seen up at Crane recently. Fishing has remained consistent though, with many trout being hooked under indicators and on the retrieve. Leech patterns in black and olive have been the go-to when it comes to the big attractor flies. Fishing under an indicator is a good way …

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Fishing Spots near Crane Prairie Reservoir

Be sure to check out nearby fishing spots, they're less than 15 miles away from Crane Prairie Reservoir!