Helena Area Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 2.21.13
By angelamontana

Posted: February 22, 2013

Hi, Angie from Bob Ward & Sons here, & here’s how the HELENA fishing is treating you:

CANYON FERRY has been slow, or been good–depends on who you talk to!  Try Kits Tackle with a white corn or maggot tip for the trout…if you want to seek out some Walleye, you will want to try Smelt or Twister Tails.  We’ve gotten reports of folks catching Ling by Black Sandy.  Gates of the Mountain Boat Ramp is now open, which will broaden your opportunities…you will have to be careful on the ice these days as the latest warming trend has thinned the stuff considerably!  The bigger fish are hanging out just begging to be caught at the CAUSEWAY, not just trout but Perch as well.  The Ling have been around at night, in whatever open water you can find.  Kokanee fishing at the HELENA HOLDING RESERVOIR has been terrific in the early morning…LOTS of options up on these Helena waters. Get out here while the gettin’s good!

HOLTER DAM  to Craig is still holding as the best area to fish on the MO, with your usual winter Nymphs…San Juans, Scuds, & the like, in sizes 16-20, should do the trick for you! …the fish are near the bottom so using a split shot is critical.  BLACK or BROWN are the popular Streamer colors at the moment, so a Wooly Bugger or a nice Black Home Invader ought to keep ’em pretty excited.  The fishing’s only going to improve on the MISSOURI, one of the best year-round fisheries anywhere!

GREAT DIVIDE still offers their wonderful Friday Night Ski for a mere $10…if you haven’t been up for this deal yet, we encourage you to try it!   SHOWDOWN will be perfect for making some sweet turns, with the soft snow that has fallen this week—looking at a 55-inch summit depth, & 45 at the base.

The Bob Wards Progressive Sale, Week 3, has prices you just can’t miss…get on down to the store and see what the best deals of the Season are!  When you come in, be sure to visit us in the Fishing Dept, and get our best advice for winter fishing, as well as what to look for as Spring begins to break…also, be aware that the 2013 Fishing Regulations will be released March 1st, and we’ll have a copy just waiting for you!  We’ll talk at you again next week.