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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, black crappie, rainbow trout, brook trout and kokanee salmon at Crane Prairie Reservoir in Oregon.

Crane Prairie Reservoir, OR

Big rainbow trout are the main attraction at Crane Prairie Reservoir, with four to ten pounders common. This is a 5,000-acre lake in the central Oregon, 15 miles northwest west of La Pine.

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Crane Prairie Reservoir, located in Central Oregon, is a renowned fishing destination that offers anglers a diverse range of fishing opportunities. The reservoir is particularly well-known for its excellent trout fishing, making it a favorite spot for anglers seeking a rewarding angling experience.

One of the primary attractions of Crane Prairie Reservoir is its healthy population of trophy-sized rainbow trout. These trout grow to impressive sizes due to the abundance of aquatic insects and other food sources in the reservoir. Anglers can target these prized fish using a variety of techniques, including fly fishing, trolling, or casting with lures. The sight of a massive rainbow trout breaking the surface to strike a fly or lure is a thrilling experience that keeps anglers returning to Crane Prairie Reservoir.

Aside from rainbow trout, the reservoir is also home to brook trout and brown trout, adding to the angling diversity. Brook trout, known for their beautiful colors and willingness to strike, provide an exciting alternative for anglers. Brown trout, on the other hand, offer a challenge as they can be more selective and wary of anglers' presentations. Anglers targeting these species can use a combination of fly fishing, casting, or trolling techniques to entice strikes.

When planning a fishing trip to Crane Prairie Reservoir, it is important to check the local fishing regulations, including any size and bag limits, as well as any specific rules for the area. Respecting these regulations helps maintain the sustainability of the fish population and ensures a positive fishing experience for all.

Crane Prairie Reservoir in Oregon offers anglers an exceptional fishing experience, with its abundance of trophy-sized rainbow trout and other trout species. Whether fly fishing, trolling, or casting, the reservoir provides a picturesque setting and thrilling angling opportunities. With its scenic beauty and diverse fishery, Crane Prairie Reservoir is a must-visit destination for any angler looking for a memorable fishing adventure in Central Oregon.

24 miles of shoreline wrap this rainbow trout factory, with limited access except at recreation areas. Crane Prairie Boating Site in the northeast corner of the lake, Browns Mountain Boating Site in the southeast corner of the lake, and Rock Creek Campground Boat Ramp at the southwest corner of the lake are best options for boat launching. In winter, heavy snow on the roads restrict access for ice fishing. Wickiup Reservoir is just a few miles south of Crane Prairie Lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Crane Prairie Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Black crappie Rainbow Trout Brook Trout Kokanee Salmon

Crane Prairie Reservoir Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating is a popular activity on Crane Prairie Reservoir, with anglers enjoying the convenience of accessing different parts of the reservoir. Motorboats, kayaks, and canoes are commonly used to explore the expansive waters of the reservoir and find prime fishing spots. Anglers should be aware of any boating regulations and follow proper safety measures while on the water.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Crane Prairie Resort
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks and canoes
541 383-3939

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Browns Mountain Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off NF Road 4285, this is a two-lane, natural ramp with gravel parking.

Crane Prairie Reservoir Boating Site
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Gales Landing Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Quinn River Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Rock Creek Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off County Road 46, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Camping facilities are available near Crane Prairie Reservoir, offering anglers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the area and extend their fishing trips. Campgrounds provide convenient access to the reservoir, allowing anglers to make the most of their time on the water and enjoy peaceful evenings by the campfire.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Crane Prairie Campground - 541 338-7869

Crane Prairie Resort & RV Park - 541 383-3939

Cow Meadow Campground - 541 383-5300

Quinn River Boating Site Campground - 541 383-5300

Rock Creek Campground - 541 369-8523

Crane Prairie Reservoir OR Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Crane Prairie Reservoir
Crane Prairie Campground
Bend, OR 97701
541 338-7869


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