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: Rainbow trout continue to be caught in less than 10 feet of water between Pond 4 and the Silos using jigs or ice flies tipped with maggots or worms. Yellow perch continue to be caught between Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek Bay in 40 to 55 feet of water using standard perch gear tipped with maggots or worms. Ice conditions have been reported at 18 to 20-inches between Pond 4 and Confederate Bay, 15 to 18-inches from Confederate to White Earth and 3 to 5-inches on the north end. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser: Rainbow fishing has really slowed down with some being caught in the Causeway on pink or orange ice flies tipped with maggots or a worm. There is 12 inches of ice at the Causeway and 14 inches at Black Sandy. No report for perch or walleye. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Holter: Rainbows are being caught at Gates of the Mountains and Log Gulch on jigs and maggots 4 to 6 feet deep. Log Gulch and Departure Point are producing a lot of small perch on jigs and maggots. Ice has stabilized somewhat and there is 8 to 9 inches around Departure Point and Log Gulch and 6 inches out from the road going to Gates of the Mountains. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing is good for those anglers able to find a school of fish. The kokanee are being caught in 25-35 feet of water on ice jigs tipped with corn or maggots. A lot of small perch are being caught around weed beds in 8-12 feet of water. There is 15 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
(Report by Adam Strainer and Troy Humphrey – Montana FWP; Cover photo: billingsgazette.com)