FWP Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 2/11/13
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:  The rainbow trout bite remains consistent and fish are being caught at depths less than 8 feet of water throughout the south end of the reservoir using dark colored jigs or ice flies tipped with worms. The yellow perch bite has slowed, but some anglers are catching fish in 50 feet of water between Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek Bay using standard perch gear.  A few walleye continue to be caught while searching for perch.  Ice conditions have been reported at 14 to 16-inches between Pond 4 and Confederate Bay, 12 to 14-inches near White Earth and 8 to 11-inches on the north end of the reservoir.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

 Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is good at the Causeway while using pink jigs tipped with maggots or worms.  A few rainbows are being caught at Black Sandy through the ice on jigs and worms.  Open water fishing for rainbows has slowed down.  Perch and walleye action is slow.  The Causeway and Black Sandy have 10-12 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbow fishing is inconsistent with a few being caught around Log Gulch and Departure Point while using jigs and worms.  Some perch are being caught around Black Beach and Departure Point in 35 to 40 feet of water.  The perch have been biting on jigs and maggots.  There is 8 inches of ice around the Log Gulch area.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing continues to be good.  The kokanee are being caught 20 to 22 feet deep on Swedish Pimples and green or pink ice jigs tipped with maggots.  A few perch are being caught in shallow water. There is 15 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

(Report by Troy Humphrey and Adam Strainer, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)






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