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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Tim’s audio fishing report for January 31, 2012

Posted by Phil Lilley on February 2nd, 2012

Tim Homesley, owner of Tim’s Fly Shop in Cassville near the Roaring River Trout Park, took a trip to Crane, Missouri and fished Crane Creek.  Hear his report by clicking HERE.

Duane’s audio fishing report, 1/28/12

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 28th, 2012

Duane Doty hit the creek today, fishing the Wire Access and then checking out the park at Crane, Missouri.  Crane Creek is a great little trout fishery in S.W. Missouri near Crane, Missouri and is known for it’s wild rainbows.  Hear Duane’s report here on OzarkAnglers.Com.

December 4, 2011 Fishing Report

Posted by troutbum on December 6th, 2011

It’s that time of year again, and the trout of Crane Creek are starting their spawn. I always like to take the opportunity this time of year to use this forum to remind people how important it is to watch where you are stepping when fishing Crane. If you must cross the creek or have to get in the water, please be aware of light oval shaped patches of gravel in the stream bed. These are trout nests, also called redds, and likely contain hundreds of fertilized trout eggs. They will usually be located in the shallow water at the tailouts of the pools. Also, if you observe fish actively fanning or guarding a nest, LEAVE THEM ALONE. Let them do their thing so they can repopulate.

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September 21, 2011 Fishing Report and Video

Posted by Andrew324 on September 22nd, 2011

Managed to finally make it out to the stream today. This is my first semester of graduate school and I barely have time to do much, so I haven’t fished the creek for several weeks.

I did my usual lower wire to city park tour, hitting favorite spots and trying areas that were unsuccessful during the summer. The water is low and clear but the fish seem do be doing fine. I brought the GoPro camera with me and got some fish shots. Probably post a video here. read more…

1st Trip To Crane, What A Gem!

Posted by OKFlyFisher44 on October 20th, 2009

After much debate friday night, I finally decided to load up my gear and leave for Missouri after work to fish Crane on sunday. Made base-camp at Roaring River with plans to fish that evening but after setting up camp, I just kind of walked around in Zone 2 and watched people fish. Water was high and flowing pretty good, but was fishable. My buddy Joey from Arkansas pulled into camp later and we went into Cassville to eat dinner. Anyways, went to bed later that night with the truck thermo saying 34 degrees…freaking great camping weather! read more…