Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report – 2.25.13
By angelamontana

Posted: February 25, 2013

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:  Rainbow trout fishing has been consistent around the Silos, Confederate and Duck Creek Bay at shallow depths using dark colored marabou jigs or ice flies tipped with worms or maggots. Successful yellow perch anglers are catching fish in 45-65 feet of water between Hole-in-the-Wall, Triple Hump and Duck Creek Bay using standard perch gear.  Walleye and ling anglers continue to catch a few fish throughout the reservoir.  Ice conditions have been reported at 14 to 16-inches between Pond 4 and Confederate Bay, 12 to 14-inches near White Earth and 10-inches on the north end of the reservoir.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing through the ice is slow.  Some rainbows are being caught at Riverside and Devil’s Elbow on Powerbait or worms.  Perch and walleye action is slow.  Night fishing for ling at the Causeway has been productive while using sucker meat or worms.  The Causeway and Black Sandy have 8 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbow fishing has improved around Log Gulch, Black Beach and Holter Lake Ramp while using jigs and maggots or egg sacks.  Some rainbows are being caught at Gates of the Mountains on egg sacks.  Perch and walleye fishing is slow.  There is 8 inches of ice around the Log Gulch area and Holter Lake Ramp.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing continues to be good.  The kokanee are being caught 20 feet deep on green or pink ice jigs tipped with maggots or corn.  A few perch are being caught in shallow water. There is 13-14 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

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