Helena Area Reservoir Ice Fishing Report – 1/23/2012
By Matt Schauer
Canyon Ferry: Ice conditions of 12 to 14 inches have been reported south of Confederate Bay and the current ice line is just north of White Earth. The rainbow trout bite remains consistent between the Silos and Pond 4 using various colors of jigs or ice flies, tipped with worms or maggots, in 2 to 12 feet of water. Yellow perch continue to be caught between Duck Creek and Hole-in-the-Wall. Hali Jig’s, Swedish Pimple’s or Buckshot’s, tipped with maggots or worms and fished in 35 to 50 feet of water, continue to work well. No report for walleye or ling.
Hauser: Rainbow fishing is good from shore below Canyon Ferry Dam while using egg sacks or Marabou jigs. Rainbows are being caught through the ice at the Causeway while using green or chartreuse jigs tipped with maggots. Ice at the Causeway is 6 inches thick with snow and slush on top.
Holter: Do not fish. The ice is still too unstable to go out on.
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing is good with orange or pink jigs tipped with a maggot or corn at 25 to 35 feet deep. There is 8-10 inches of ice.
Reports provided by Adam Strainer and Troy Humphrey, of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks