Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 2.3.14
By angelamontana


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)






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