Consistent Fishing in the Helena Area Reservoir Report
By Kjel

Posted: July 23, 2012

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout fishing continues to be consistent throughout the reservoir.  Shoreline anglers are picking up a few fish near Goose Bay, Confederate and the Silos using worms or spoons.  Boat anglers are doing well near Cemetery Island, Goose Bay, Confederate and Hole-in-the-Wall trolling cowbells or spoons (gold or silver) tipped with worms.  Walleye fishing has been good throughout the reservoir.  Trolling worm harnesses or slow death rigs, tipped with leeches or worms, continues to work on the south end from Confederate Bay around to Hole-in-the-Wall.  Try shallow depths (3-10 feet) before moving to deeper water.  Jigging bay points throughout the reservoir has produced walleye, just look for rocky structures. A few yellow perch continue to be picked up while searching for walleye.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser:  Rainbow fishing at Riverside has produced some good results from both shore and boat while bouncing worms along the bottom.  Rainbows are also being caught around White Sandy while trolling cowbells in 35 to 40 feet of water.  Shore fishing for walleye at the Causeway Bridge has been productive in the evenings.  Jigging for walleye in 20 to 25 feet of water in the Causeway and around York Bridge has produced good results as well. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Holter:  The rainbows have gone deep, but those trolling cowbells at 25 to 35 feet deep are finding some success in the mornings.  Shore fishing for rainbows is slow.  Walleye fishing continues to be good while using worms or leeches at 20 to 25 feet deep around Cottonwood Creek, Split Rock and Holter Dam.  Jigs and Bottom Bouncers have been equally productive.  Some perch are being caught in these areas as well.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena