Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 9.23.13
By angelamontana

Posted: September 23, 2013

Canyon Ferry: Some rainbow trout continue to be caught throughout the reservoir using cowbells or other attractors, tipped with worms, at depths primarily around 20 feet. Shoreline anglers are catching a few using worms and/or marshmallows. Walleye fishing has slowed, but some fish are being caught throughout the south end and mid-reservoir areas using slow-death rigs, worm harnesses or crankbaits. A few yellow perch are being caught throughout the reservoir while searching for walleye. The current reservoir level has made some boat launches inaccessible, so please proceed with caution. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing is picking up from both shore and boat. Shore anglers are catching rainbows at the Causeway Bridge and Riverside on worms. Trolling cowbells around White Sandy and Devil’s Elbow has been the best bet for catching rainbows. Some small walleye are being caught in the Causeway and around York Bridge. Most walleye are being caught while using bottom bouncers with a worm. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Rainbow fishing is very good while trolling cowbells or crankbaits at 10 to 15 feet deep around Split Rock and the Oxbow. Upper Holter has produced some good rainbow results as well using flies or nymphs. A few rainbows have been caught from shore at Departure Point and Holter Campground while using worms or Powerbait. 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 – FWP; Cover photo: wikimedia.org)