Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable on the reservoirs. Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support a vehicle to open water. Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice.
Canyon Ferry: Fishing has been slow throughout the reservoir and cold temperatures are keeping anglers at home. Some rainbow trout are being caught at shallow depths between Pond 4 and the Silos using mostly wooly buggers or ice flies tipped with maggots or worms. Yellow perch are being caught in 30 to 40 feet of water between Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek Bay using Swedish pimples and Hali jigs tipped with maggots or perch eyes. Ice conditions have been reported at 10 to 14-inches between Pond 4 and Confederate Bay, 10-inches near White Earth and 7-inches on the north end of the reservoir. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena.
Hauser: Rainbows are being caught at the Causeway on ice jigs and maggots or worms 4 to 6 feet below the ice in 12 feet of water. A few perch are being caught in the Causeway, but overall action is slow. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Holter: Rainbow fishing has really slowed down with a few being caught around Log Gulch and Departure Point while using jigs and worms. Log Gulch has 8 – 10 inches of ice. Perch and walleye fishing is slow. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing is very good. The kokanee are being caught 25-35 feet deep on pink, yellow or green ice jigs tipped with maggots. Perch fishing is slow, but a few are being caught in 10 feet of water. There is over 15 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena