Remarkable Rainbow Fishing – Helena Area Fishing Report for Week of 9/24/2012
By angelamontana

Posted: September 25, 2012

The following Helena Area Reservoir’s Fishing Report,  for the week of 09/24/2012, is provided by Adam Strainer and Troy Humphrey of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks:

Canyon Ferry:  The rainbow trout bite has been consistent from mid reservoir to the south end.  Boat anglers are doing well from White Earth to Pond 4 in 5 to 15 feet with cranks (silver, red and green) or cowbells tipped with worms.  Shoreline anglers are catching fish from Pond 4 to Confederate Bay using worms and/or marshmallows.   Walleye fishing has been steady.  Vertical jigging on the north end, from Cemetery Island to Avalanche Bay, and tolling worm harnesses and cranks, from the south end ponds to mid reservoir (Snaggy to Confederate Bay), has produced the best bite.  Silver, copper or perch colored gear is working the best. The yellow perch bite has been consistent throughout the reservoir.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is picking up from both shore and boat.  Shore anglers are catching rainbows at the Causeway Bridge and Riverside on worms.  Trolling cowbells around Black Sandy has been the best bet for catching rainbows.  A few walleye are being caught at night in the Causeway on jigs tipped with a worm.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbow fishing is very good while trolling cowbells or crankbaits at 10 to 15 feet deep around Split Rock and the Oxbow.  A few rainbows have been caught from shore at Departure Point and Holter Campground while using worms or Powerbait.  Good catches of perch have been reported around Cottonwood Creek.  Walleye fishing is slow.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena