Walleye Gulping on Area Reservoirs: Helena Area Outdoor Report
By Matt Schauer

Posted: September 8, 2012

Hi, it’s Angie from Bob Ward & Sons, & the Helena-area nights n’ days may be cooling off, much to our relief, but the fishing is still hot as ever!

Successful Walleye anglers on area Reservoirs are tipping their jigs with GULP!, or trolling Perch Color Crankbaits in the deeps…CANYON FERRY has been solid for Walleye, not truly magnificent, but I wouldn’t miss the trip if I were you! The winds, which have picked up a bit, are keeping much of the smoke out of the region, & the Trout fishin’ is still pretty darn good, too…try a Crawler & Garlic or Cheese Marshmallow bait rig, or any of your sz 6 spotted Panther Martins…we’re liking either red or yellow dots on black! Leeches, Black Woolies or Crayfish are also excellent choices! HOLTER’s been the Trout paradise lately, with HAUSER not far behind, so these same tricks are a sure bet, especially at the Dam. Mornings are brisk, in the low 40’s, but you’ll want to peel off your jackets for the nice 70-deg afternoons we’ll still get for a while yet! BEAUTIFUL fishing conditions, friends!

On the MISSOURI, dry flies haven’t seen the best success…it’s already been best with Nymphs for a week or two & looks like that’s continuing! Dam to Craig is of course the early fall hot spot, but then just about EVERYONE know that, & it shows! You won’t exactly be alone on this stretch. You can still attempt your Hoppers…& Tricos are nearly completely done amyway, but neither is the food of choice anymore…try Caddis Pupa, Soft Hackles, Red San Juans, Glass Beadheads in Pinks or Purples, or Tan Scuds, all in szs 14-16…these will all work “gangbusters” subsurface!

We’re pleased to see ya in the Helena Bob Wards store, too, so stop on in & catch the Fall’s latest & greatest….new Flies, new Lures, Waders, Raingear & all your Fall fishing needs are yours for the picking! We’ll tell you, up close & in person, where WE’RE fishing and what we’re catching….just ask! Back to you next week,