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Cranor's White River Spin Fishing Report
by Donald Cranor, Cranor's Guide Service

Donald Cranor

Donald Cranor contributes Pro trout fishing advise to several well-known fishing publications. That same advise and more is in this fishing report.

Visit Donald Cranor's Web Site To Book A Fishing Trip

About Donald Cranor

Current Report - April 15, 2014
Updated once a month unless fishing conditions change

Donald Cranor with 22 pound brown trout

Donald Cranor holding a 22lb. 2oz brown caught by Scott McGee (next to Donald). Donald taught Scott how to cast a spinning rod at 7:30am. Then, at 9:30am Scott showed Donald how to land a real trophy trout. Scott picked up on trophy fishing pretty quick!
(May 2013)

Hey Guys!

Well the water is finally starting to warm a little. Yeah that's a strange statement from me because water temp is something I have never considered before this year. This year has been incredibly cold and it has affected the water temp. It's put everything about three weeks behind schedule. I'm still catching browns at a very good rate on minnows. This normally starts to slow around the  20th of March and completely dries up around the first of April. It's now the 15th of April and the minnow bite is still good on some days.

If your looking to catch a ton of rainbows try a 2" piece of pink plastic worm on the shank of a #4 Aberdeen hook. Tip the hook with a small piece of cooked shrimp. I use cooked only because it's easier to handle and it last longer without spoiling. You can also try tipping the hook with one yellow power egg.

The minnow and pink worm technique work better on rising water. The key is to be on the rising water but to also be clean water. This is tricky at times. If the water has been shut off and then starts to rise there is a very short window of clean water and you have to stay with it as it moves downstream. If the water has been running for some time and starts to rise the window will be larger but it's still important to stay in the clean part of the rise.

If your looking to catch some on artificial baits I have had some great
days on 3/32 white jigs.

That's all I have for now!

Good luck!

Donald Cranor

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Donald Cranor About Donald Cranor
Donald's father, also a trout guide, introduced Donald to White River trout fishing at an early age. In addition to learning how to trout fish in any water condition, Donald also learned how to safely pilot a river boat in any water level. He conducted his first paid guided trout fishing trip in 1982 at age 15. Over the years he has guided for several area outfitters and resorts.

After 20 years of guiding for others, Donald decided it was time to start his own business. His guiding skills generated good word of mouth advertising for his new business. TV show producers and print media journalists approached Donald for White River guided trout fishing trips. Donald also received sponsorships from top brand name tackle manufacturers who want pros to use their gear.

Yet Donald's true passion remains conducting trout fishing trips with anglers who also have a passion for trout fishing. It is their positive word of mouth which has most helped Donald's good reputation as a top trout guide. They enjoy his fishing and safe boating skills as well as his level of all-around good service.


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