Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 5.31.13
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Missouri River: The Missouri is fishing very well. Dry flies are slow but you can still catch a few risers. We’d recommend throwing Elk hair Caddis or red ants. Wooly buggers and nymphs in a olive or black color are also working great.
Canyon Ferry: Trout are hunting Rapalas in a brown or rainbow color. Bright colored jig heads tipped with half a worm or leeches are also working great. For Walleye try fishing leech tipped crawling harnesses behind a bottom bouncer.
Lake Helena: Bottom Bouncers are the ticket for walleyes as well as jigs tipped with worms or leeches. Trolling rainbow or brown crank baits is a great approach for catching trout.
Little Blackfoot River: Browns are hitting well on nymphs and small wooly buggers. Dries are pretty slow right now. We’d recommend throwing a golden stone or orange caddis.
Prickly Pear Creek: ODC Caddis dropped with a small stone fly or a nymph is working well. Spin fisherman can also try throwing a 1/16 oz. Panther Martin in a Brown trout pattern or a rainbow Rooster tail; both are working great.
(Report by Ryan Corwin – Bob Ward and Sons)