Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 3.10.14
By angelamontana

Posted: March 10, 2014

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 been good throughout the reservoir in less than 10 feet of water using most standard trout gear. Yellow perch can still be found between Hole-in-the-Wall, Duck Creek Bay and Goose Bay, in 40 to 65 feet of water, using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimple’s tipped with maggots or worms. PROCEED WITH CAUTION. Open water has been reported along the shoreline throughout the reservoir. Ice conditions are still being reported at more than 20-inches between Pond 4 and Confederate Bay, approximately 15-inches from Confederate to White Earth and more than 8-inches on the north end. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing is very good in the Causeway on ice jigs tipped with maggots 4 to 6 feet under the ice. A few rainbows are being caught from shore at Riverside on worms or flies. There is 14 inches of ice at the Causeway and 12 to 14 inches at Black Sandy, but conditions are deteriorating rapidly. No report for perch or walleye. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Rainbows are being caught at Gates of the Mountains on egg sacks or jigs with a maggot 4 to 8 feet deep. Log Gulch and Departure Point are producing a lot of small perch on jigs and maggots or perch eyes 40 to 50 feet deep. There is 12 inches of ice around Departure Point and Log Gulch and 8 inches of ice out from the road going to Gates of the Mountains; however conditions can change quickly. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing is good while using pink or green ice jigs and maggots or corn. The kokanee are being in 20 to 30 feet of water. Small perch are being caught in shallower water. There is 14 to 16 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

(Report by Adam Strainer and Troy Humphrey-Montana FWP)