WOW so much to comment on! First over in eastern Oregon = thief is awesome for sure and it will fish good again next spring. Malheur is also a very good lake on the right years, give it 2 years and it should fish like mad. I liked it over thief because of less pressure and the rising rainbows on the mayfly hatch. I caught trout trying to push 6 pounds two years ago that were beautiful (fingerling planted) from oak springs hatchery in Central Oregon. Buelah = It was to dirty and low this early spring when I fished it and had to leave. the late summer drought took it's toll on all the lakes over east last year but this lake has native bows that are very big that spawn in the river and also bulls are native and get to 25 inches. the native bows grow to 8 pounds from what the bio told me! the stocked trout have not held over because it was drained almost every year from the late 90's trough the mid 2000's but the last 3 years they have kept it at 35% percent full because of bull trout studies that proved the bulls did better when water was left in the res. over winter for forage fish the bulls feed on. this res. should fish awesome with very large native (red-side lake trout that spawn in the river) and hold overs living 3 or more years. you are not supposed to target the bulls! I will spending some time next spring here for sure!!! THIS INFO COMES FROM THE ODFW WEBSITE on buelah res bull trout studies and even the hatches and trash fish the trout feed on. I also talked with the local BIO out of Ontario Oregon at least tree times this early spring on Beulah res. Unity res. has some big-big rainbows just does not fish that well with the normal fly fishing tactics and has to be fished early because of warm water. but If I lived in the area (Baker-La Grande) you would see me on these lakes all spring long - no reason to fish anywhere else if you ask me! What surprised me was most trout that are planted in these eastern Oregon lakes are oak-springs rainbows from Central Oregon which if they can hold over are very good rainbows growing big and deep! I had pics but had a computer crash and lost most of my pics from last season but reports of some 27 inch rainbows were report from some of my bait fishing friends from La Grande last spring. As far as triploids? well if there are native fish in a lake than that is the best choice to protect the native species as in the small native cutts or bows like at Crane. Davis is on the list to kill and restore! call Brett Hodgens the central Oregon bio for info! lava, little lava and many other lakes are now being planted with Crane diploids ! To not put strain on the native Cranebows they started using stock from the diploids from the native cranebows to get eggs from, they did this because the cranebow diploids live through the winters much better than all other stocks they were using when planting hard to hold over res. and lakes like crane prairie. they are using them now in many of the central Oregon lakes around the area. a better holding over fish that can survive for multiple years growing huge and deep - hard fighting line ripping tippet snapping AND rod braking fish! We, a couple other WFF members and I just fished with A fly shop owner from the area for one day that works and fishes with the local bio and found out a world of information about Central Oregon lakes and res. we also fished East lake and caught the blackwater rainbows along with browns and Atlantics and chubs. The Blackwater bows went to 17 and 18 inches I think was max, and they were just planted last year. the regulations are release of all non marked rainbows (blackwater) to help them live to the size to help the browns eat the chubs. next year this fishery is going to rock! in two years Crane and East being only about 40 miles apart are going to be a "MUST FISH" for every fly fisherman around! from dry fly browns to dry fly bows and Atlantics to indicators in 21 feet of water I was very impressed with the fishery! Crane Prairie went through changes and in two years should rock! they stopped planting diploids in 2010 because of fear of spawning with the natives and used other stocks since and the planted fish took a crash. when the guide said in 2009 he would catch 50 to 70 fish a day many going 4 to 7 pounds and hooking 2 or 3 a day over the 7 pound mark now it is mostly native fish which isn't bad but the numbers of fish are way down and could be why the Brook trout fishing was so good this year (reports better brook fishing than in 10 years) ODFW just this year planted fin clipped triploid cranebows back in crane. the hopes are they hold over and are not a threat to spawn with the native fish and crane returns to the epic fishery it was from 2000 to 2010. in two years it could be the line braking rod snapping fishery it's supposed to be. It was said the native bows just do not put on the weight as the diploids did, the added stocking brought back crane from the bass and stickleback but they had to stop the diploid stocking and used the normal stocking from Oak Springs and those fish just did not survive or hold over like the crane stock stocked fish being crane is a harder lake for trout to over winter. Now whats also amazing with crane is "NO MORE STICKLEBACKS" we never saw one and the damsels were everywhere. even the guide said they are gone and they don't know why but the damsels have returned and if the triploids live from this year in two years you better be there for some of the best rainbow fishing in the country for public waters! "PROOF" NATIVE CRANEBOWS DAMSELS AND BROOKS = East lake blackwater bows and browns along with an Atlantic and fly caught koke and the mayfly hatch at east, notice the light under body of the adult! I caught browns, rainbows, and Atlantics all on dries and the same with indicator fishing with kokes added into the fun! next year East with the blackwater bows going to the 4 or 5 pound mark (should be at least that) will just plain rock for a very diverse fishery! As far as I'm concerned Oregon is on the right track!!! One of my friends also reported catching a 8 pound bow out of lava this spring - can you say "crane stock"