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Deschutes River - Crane Prairie Reservoir to Wickiup Reservoir

Contact Info
813 S.W. Hwy, 97
Madras, OR 97741
Basics
Size:
5 miles
Elevation:
4445 feet

Description

The Deschutes River in this area is a great wild trout stream and nursery for Wickiup's brown trout population as it flows through a flower-bedecked meadowland. This section offers excellent fishing for brook trout to 5 pounds, a growing number of rainbows, and good numbers of browns.

This is a popular area for big game and waterfowl hunting, wildlife viewing, and bird watching. A favorite place for family outings, the Deschutes has many camping areas. Many other excellent fishing spots are nearby as well as opportunities to watch spawning fish, to boat, and to participate in other water sports. In the winter, this is a pop­ular snowmobile and cross-country ski area.

At Browns Creek, 4 miles below Crane Prairie, the Deschutes becomes considerably larger. Brown trout present between Crane Prairie and Wickiup Reservoirs, will average 12 to 14 inches, with some much larger. The native whitefish here are typically 6 to 8 inches and up to 15 inches. Packs of them can be seen resting on the bottom of deep holes. Anglers should be aware of varying seasons and catch limits from Crane Prairie Reservoir to Wickiup Reservoir.

Fishing is restricted to flies and lures, and Catch and Release only for the rainbows. A short fishing season (June 1 – August 1) is designed to protect the spawning trout.

Fishing

Fish:
Kokanee Salmon
Brook Trout
Rainbow Trout
Whitefish
Fishing Methods:
Drifting Bait,Plunking,Fly Fishing

Details

Size:
5 miles
Elevation:
4445 feet
4350 at Wickiup Reservoir
Camping Info
Sheep Bridge and Gull Point
Additional Details:

Bait/Lure Fishing Methods : Worms, eggs, spinners, and bobbers

Amenities

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Forest Service Road 42, 4260, and from the Sheep Bridge and Gull Point campgrounds also at the Browns Mountain Boat Ramp and the Day Use area Mile Camp.


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