FWP’S HELENA AREA RESERVOIRS FISHING REPORT FOR WEEK OF 1-22-13
By angelamontana


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






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