Crane Creek Reservoir

Flows into the Crane Creek

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Crane Creek Reservoir in Washington County is 2,315.0 acres.

This is an irrigation reservoir that is usually low by late summer, making it difficult to fish or launch a boat. The water is often turbid. Depsite these conditions, the reservoir grows very large black and white crappie. Channel catfish are abundant.


Motor Restriction
Boat Ramp
ADA Access


The reservoir is best reached by heading east from Midvale, Idaho and then by following the signs.

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
10/28/1992 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 5,500 Less than 6 inches
11/12/1991 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 5,070 Less than 6 inches
11/5/1990 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 1,428 Less than 6 inches
8/28/1990 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 5,220 Less than 6 inches
6/15/1990 Channel Catfish 16,000 Less than 6 inches
5/15/1988 White Crappie 72 Unknown size
11/9/1967 Crappie 6,250 Less than 6 inches
11/9/1967 Largemouth Bass 6,250 Less than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

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Fishing Rules

All Waters Open All Year

Except as modified in Special Rules
Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

Daily Bag Limits

The following daily bag limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

Special Rules

No Special Rules for Crane Creek Reservoir.
Southwest Region Bag Limits
Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)
  • Bass limit is 6, both species combined
  • None under 12 inches
Brook Trout
  • Brook Trout limit is 25
  • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for Brook Trout
Bull Trout
  • Bull Trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Kokanee limit is 6
Salmon (ocean-going)
  • Salmon seasons and limits are set annually by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and issued in a separate brochure
  • Fishing for or targeting salmon is prohibited unless a salmon season is specifically opened for that water
Steelhead (ocean-going)
  • Defined as Rainbow Trout longer than twenty (20) inches in length in the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and Reservoirs). Between Hells Canyon Dam and Oxbow Dam and the Boise River from its mouth upstream to Barber Dam during steelhead seasons, steelhead are Rainbow Trout over twenty (20) inches in length with the adipose fin clipped (as evidenced by a healed scar)
  • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water (see fishing regulations for details)
  • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing
  • Barbless hooks and sliding sinkers are required, see fishing regulations for details
Tiger Muskie
  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches
Trout includes Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Golden Trout, Arctic Grayling, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, land-locked Chinook and Coho Salmon, trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)
  • Trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately
  • Whitefish limit is 25
  • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for whitefish
Protected Nongame Fish includes Pacific Lamprey
  • May not be harvested or possessed
All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
  • No bag, size or possession limit
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