Crane Lake


Annual Prospects Report

This 99-acre U.S. Forest Service lake is located in Iron County. The lake is very clear making fishing challenging on bright days. Aquatic vegetation, water lilly and Eurasian watermilfoil, is abundant in the lower lake.  Limited aquatic herbicide treatment is planned to reduce non-native vegetation and allow for easier bank and boat access. Largemouth bass average 10"-15", with a few larger fish to be found. A 12"-15" slot length limit is in effect and anglers are encouraged to harvest smaller bass to improve overall bass size. Bass can be found around beaver lodges, downed trees, and especially the aquatic vegetation. Lighter lines and smaller lures are often the key to taking bass from the lake's clear water. Channel catfish can be found throughout the lake, especially the upper end during times of inflow after rains. Fish the shallow coves around woody cover in May and June. Redear sunfish have increased in abundance and can be found around water lillies. Most are 8"-9". Bluegill 7-8" are present in the lake but can be difficult to find except when spawning. Look for redear and bluegill spawning beds in shallow water in May and June. Black crappie are present in low numbers and can be found around beaver lodges and deep water stumps.  Channel catfish are present in the lake. 

Crane Lake





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