Crane Prairie Reservoir Fishing- Guide, Maps and Reports
Crane Prairie Reservoir is a man made lake that gathers water from a number of high cascade rivers and creeks. The most noteworthy contributor to Crane Prairie is the Deschutes River, which originates just to the north, a short distance away at Little Lava Lake. The Deschutes River exits the lake towards the Crane Prairie’s south and continues on to Wickiup Reservoir. Crane Prairie has 22 miles of shore line and is characterized by it’s abundant dead trees and snags that litter the northwest section of the reservoir. Crane Prairie is not particularly deep with an average depth of only 15 feet.
Fishing on Crane Prairie starts during the general trout opener around the last week of April. Early season fishing can be quite chilly, but hungry early season fish can make it all worth it.