Crane Creek

When a fly fisher thinks of Crane Creek, he automatically thinks of the McCloud rainbows that were stocked in the small, spring fed creek near Crane, Missouri, in southwest Missouri more than 100 years ago. Despite years of floods and droughts, this beautiful red band species of rainbow has fought to survive, and that savvy and fight shows up when trying to fool one in Crane Creek. There is plenty of public access to Crane thanks to land that was donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation and land in the city limits of Crane where the river runs through a city park. These trout are to be respected and admired, caught and gently released.

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Return to Crane Creek

Posted by Phil Lilley on November 3rd, 2014

Chance Maxwell~~ It had been over a year since I had been on Crane Creek but after the rain event we got a few weeks back, I couldn’t resist so a buddy and me snuck over to check on the McClouds. The rain event definitely moved some gravel around. Changed some holes for the better and some for the worse. The RR trestle is totally backed up again with driftwood. Overall, the creek got a much needed flush and looked amazing! read more…

Fly Fishing Crane Creek Missouri McCloud Rainbow Trout

Posted by Phil Lilley on March 24th, 2014

Chris Russell – This winter I have fished Crane Creek quite a bit in attempts to really understand this wonderful stream. This video is a montage of several outings with pictures and video. Including catching a nice 15-18″, Most was filmed with my iPhone so quality is not the greatest, however I feel it does capture the essence of the majestic Crane Creek.

Buzz’s Crane Creek fishing report, March 22

Posted by Phil Lilley on March 23rd, 2014


I had some time this morning and decided to make the drive to Crane Creek. I got to the dairy farm at about 9:00am. After rigging up I headed down the logging trail a ways before entering the creek. The creek looks great. A real nice flow and clear as a bell. read more…