Crane creek trout fishing - missouri
Without going too far out on a limb, I think I can say that that of all spring creeks that can be found in southern Missouri, Crane Creek is by far the best. It is the only creek in Missouri where you have a legitimate chance to catch a five pound wild rainbow, and fish in the 1 1/2 to 3 pound range are abundant. There are a few very important details about this creek you must know to be successful. Trout have not been stocked in many years, and all of the fish are wild. They probably won't respond to many trout park techniques. They are McCloud River Rainbow trout, which is a very rare species of trout. Also, the creek is somewhat susceptible to low water. This doesn't lower the trout population very much, but it does make it easier for the trout to see you.
Crane is basically a meadow spring creek, with good public access via Wire Road Conservation area. For good success, make sure to fish below the major springs that feed the creek. Actually, there is some good trout fishing to be had upstream of the springs, but this section is particularly vulnerable of droughts. Stay below the springs during low water. Small spinners work well, but this is primarily a fly-fishing stream. It has gained fame, and has even been featured by several popular t.v.. stations. Still, fishing pressure remains light, and there are always lots of trout to be found. Most of the fishing pressure probably comes from nearby Springfield.