Opening conditions on Crane are excellent

Crane Prairie Reservoir - Sunriver, OR (Deschutes County)

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by Fly and Field Outfitters

Opening conditions on Crane are excellent. Unfortunately, access is a slightly different story. Access through the Cascades Lake Highway is not possible, they are still working on snow removal up there. If you’re gonna go up there the best way will be South Century Drive, past The Fall River. The only guaranteed access for boats is the Crane Prairie Resort Boat Ramp. Brown Mountain Road is still covered in rather deep snow, getting to the boat ramp will be a challenge. Quinn River Campground is closed, as well as the boat ramp. 

Fishing has been outstanding, indicator rigs have been crushing. Chironomid and midge patterns are getting the most attention, along with balanced leeches. It’s probably a bit early for damsel and callibaetis nymphs, but don’t be afraid to give them a shot. We’ve been fishing with 4 or 5x fluorocarbon. Stripping leeches is also a great way to go. It’s always beautiful out there, get out and enjoy the crisp conditions before the heat comes.

Recommended Dries: Chubby Chernobyl Patriot and Purple #12-14, Para- Cricket #16-12

Recommended Nymphs: Bruised Ballanced Leech #14, Two Bit Hooker #20, Zebra Midge #18-20, Super Sinker #16-18, bead wing midge #18-20, Red Pheasant Tail #14-18, Rainbow Warrior #18-20, Red Ice Cream Cone #12-16

More Reports

Fly and Field Outfitters Reports
for Friday, April 16th

Crane Prairie Reservoir: Crane Prairie Fishing Report 4/16/21
Twin Lake South: Twin Lakes Fishing Report 4/16/21
Lower Deschutes River: Lower Deschutes Fishing Report
Metolius River: Metolius Fishing Report 4/16/21
Crooked River: Crooked River Fishing Report 4/16/21
Fall River: Fall River Fishing Report 4/16/21

Fly and Field Outfitters Reports
for Friday, April 9th

Metolius River: Conditions Are Great
Crooked River: Water Rose & Conditions Are Excellent
Fall River: Fall Has Been Fishing Well