Crane Prairie Reservoir

Recent Reports

10/11:

With the cooler weather, fish are spread throughout the lake. The colder temps knock back the Callibaetis hatches and will soon end them for the year. So midges and leeches will be the ticket for the next couple of weeks.

09/28:

Fishing has been good. As the weather cools, trout are moving out of the channels and spreading throught the lake. Midges, Callibaetis, and leeches are providing the action, says Will at The Hook fly shop in Sunriver.

 

Major Hatches for October

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Emerger

Size 14-16 Quigley Cripple, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Gray to tan

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit

Dun

Size 14-16 Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun, Adams, Comparadun. Gray to tan

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit

► Expect an early-October resurgence of these hatches. They should be mostly done by mid-month.

► Be prepared to fish all stages of the hatch: nymph, emerger, dun, spinner.

Pupa

Size 10-22 Chans Chironomid Pupa, Zebra Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

► When trout are midging, a Sprout Midge or Griffiths Gnat can work well, but a pupa pattern is always a good choice.

► Trout can be very picky about size and color of the pupa. You may need to swap flies several times to find the right combination. You can speed up this process by fishing two pupa (different sizes and colors) at once and noting which one the trout show more interest in.

► Look for midge hatches at any time of day, and cast a midge pupa pattern on a floating line when you see feeding trout. Let your cast sit quietly and try to stay awake. When you see a subtle swirl near your fly, tighten up.

Adult

Size 2-10 Woolly Bugger, Bunny Leech, Hale Bopp Leech, Possie Bugger. Black, browns, olives

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift

► Always a good choice here.

Adult

Size 2-8 Muddler, Woolly Bugger, Clouser Minnow, Possie Bugger. Browns, olives, silver, greens

Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing

► Crane has a large population of three-spined sticklebacks, and imitations can be effective.

 

October Tips

Trout


► Use a long leader (12-15 feet).

► There's nothing like a little wind riffle to improve fishing on Crane Prairie.

► If the lake is high, trout will be spread out. If it's low, they will be concentrated in the old river channels.

► Water temperature will be dropping quickly; when the lake is cool, you will often find the most receptive trout in the main (southern) part of the lake because the water stays warmer there.

► When the weather's nice and the wind is from the east, the lake stays very calm and fishing is poor.

 

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Other Info Sources

Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351

Fin and Fire 541/548-1503

Fly and Field Outfitters 541-318-1616

The Hook 541-593-2358

The Patient Angler 541-389-6208

Sunriver Fly Shop 541-593-8814