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 fishing has slowed a bit, but some fish are being caught 10 feet of water throughout the south end using jigs or ice flies tipped with maggots or worms. The yellow perch bite has also slowed, but successful anglers are doing well 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 22 to 24-inches between Pond 4 and Confederate Bay, 18 to 20-inches from Confederate to White Earth and 6 to 7-inches on the north end. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser: Rainbow fishing is fair with some being caught in the Causeway on pink jigs tipped with maggots or worms. A few rainbows are being caught at Black Sandy through the ice on jigs and worms. 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 40 feet deep. There is 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 getting more consistent with good catches being reported 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-MFWP; Cover photo: guidewayno.com)