Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 7.8.13
By angelamontana

Posted: July 8, 2013

Canyon Ferry: The rainbow trout bite has slowed, but some anglers are catching fish near the Dam, around Cemetery Island and mid reservoir trolling attractors, tipped with worms, or using worms from shore. The walleye bite has been very good when conditions are right. Fish the south end of the reservoir by trolling worm harnesses, cranks or slow death rigs and try jigging bay points (orange or perch colors), in 5 to 35 feet of water, from mid reservoir to the Dam. A few perch continue to be caught while searching for walleye. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing has slowed down with some action happening around Black Sandy and White Sandy while trolling cowbells 20 to 25 feet deep. Shore fishing for rainbows is slow. Walleye fishing is good in the Causeway and around Devil’s Elbow using bottom bouncers or jigs with a Mr. Twister tail and leeches. The Causeway Bridge area has produced walleye from shore while using jigs tipped with a leech. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Rainbow fishing is still good while trolling cowbells tipped with a worm from Split Rock to the Dam 20 to 25 feet deep. Shore action for rainbows is slow. A few walleye are being caught while using bottom bouncers with a leech around Cottonwood Creek and the Sleeping Giant area. Perch fishing has slowed down with a few being caught in 6 to 15 feet of water around the clay banks or any small bays. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

(Report by Adam Strainer and Troy Humphrey; Cover photo: sagedogstudio.blogspot.com)