June 2015
Hot Fishing At Crane Prairie
June 26, 2015

Yesterday I was lucky enough to sneak away from work and do a little fishing at Crane Prairie Reservoir. We woke up early and headed out to the lake around 5:30am so we were on the water fishing by 7:00, and the fishing was good! We launched at Quinn River and made our way out into the channels and started indicator fishing. On my first cast as I was watching my indicator, I decided I'd rather set up my Scientific Angler intermediate line on my other rod and strip some buggers. Right when I turned my head my indicator went down and it was fish on! The fish jumped two or three times before coming unbuttoned at the boat before we could net it. After that I decided to stick out the indicator fishing a bit longer. 

My fishing partner and I traded off catching back to back fish for the next four or so hours. I was fishing two chironomids below a slip strike indicator while he fished a three fly rig, which were also chironomids with a callibaetis nymph trailing behind. The color of the day just happened to be a black and red chironomid for me. 

The quality of fish, as expected at Crane, was great. We boated somewhere around 20 fish, some that tried to jump in and save us the time of netting them. A few of the larger fish took off on some great runs taking us close to the backing two or more times! One fish in particular took off on three long runs, jumped five or more times, and all around made me work real hard to keep him on and get him to the boat. 

For the last hour or so I decided I would try to hook some fish stripping buggers deep in the channels to see what I could find. The fishing was must slower using that technique, only bringing three fish to the boat, but the takes were much more aggressive and the fish seemed to be super hot! Damsel flies were out and about, but the fish were not eating the nymphs as I had expected, although that should be getting good soon. 

By about 11:00 or so the fishing started to slow down drastically and we got ready to get off the water. The weather was just perfect with temperatures never getting over 90 degrees before we got off the water. We motored around for a little longer looking for rising fish, but were disappointed quickly. We got off the water by 11:30 and were home to have lunch by 12:30.

All in all, a great day on the water, and super grateful to live so close to such amazing fishing opportunity.