Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for Week of 2-4-13
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 has started to pick up and fish are being caught at shallow depths mostly between the Silos and Pond 4 using dark colored jigs or ice flies tipped with worms. Yellow perch are on the bite in 40-plus feet of water between Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek Bay using Swedish Pimples or Hali jigs tipped with maggots or perch eyes.  A few walleye and ling are being caught while searching for perch.  Ice conditions have been reported at 14 to 17-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 ice flies and jigs tipped with maggots or worms.  Fishing open water at York Bridge has produced some good rainbow results as well.  A few ling are being caught at night around Black Sandy while fishing with worms or sucker meat.  Perch and walleye action is slow.  The Causeway has 10-12 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbow fishing has improved with a few being caught around Log Gulch and Departure Point while using jigs and worms.  Some rainbows are being caught just above Holter Dam as well.  Perch and walleye fishing is slow.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing continues to be good.  The kokanee are being caught 25 feet deep on pink ice jigs tipped with maggots or corn.  Perch fishing is slow. There is 15 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

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






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