Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 9.16.13
By angelamontana

Posted: September 16, 2013

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout continue to be caught mid-reservoir to the Dam cowbells or other attractors, tipped with worms, at depths primarily around 20 feet.  Shoreline anglers are catching rainbows using worms and/or marshmallows.  Walleye anglers continue catch fish throughout the south end and mid-reservoir areas using slow-death rigs, worm harnesses or crankbaits.  Vertical jigging for walleye on bay points and shelf transitions is producing some fish throughout the reservoir.  Nice yellow perch are being caught throughout the reservoir while searching for walleye, but also try worms and a slip bobber near submerged vegetation.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is very good especially in the Devil’s Elbow area while trolling cowbells tipped with a worm.  Black Sandy has produced some rainbows from shore while fishing with worms or Powerbait.  Some small walleye are being caught in the Causeway and around York Bridge and the Causeway Bridge. Most walleye are being caught while using bottom bouncers with a worm.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbows are being caught in Upper Holter on flies or nymphs.  Trolling cowbells throughout the rest of the reservoir has produced inconsistent results.  Shore fishing for rainbows is slow with a few being caught on worms. The perch are really biting in the lower reservoir in 6 to 10 feet of water while using worms.  A few walleye are being caught with the perch as well, but overall walleye fishing is slow.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  The snagging season for Kokanee Salmon opened on September 1st and will run through October 31st.  Limits are 35 salmon daily with 70 in possession.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

(Report by Adam Strainer and Troy Humphrey – Montana FWP; Cover photo: bulkleysteelhead.com)