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 anglers continue to consistently catch fish, in less than 10 feet of water using dark colored jigs or ice flies, throughout south end of the reservoir. The yellow perch bite has slowed, but some anglers continue to catch fish between Hole-in-the-Wall, Duck Creek Bay and Goose Bay, in 40 to 65 feet of water, using standard perch gear tipped with maggots, worms or perch eyes. Some open water has been reported along the shoreline throughout the reservoir, so PROCEED WITH CAUTION. Ice conditions have been reported at more than 20-inches between Pond 4 and Confederate Bay, approximately 18-inches from Confederate to White Earth and more than 8-inches on the north end. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser: Rainbow fishing is good in the Causeway on pink or orange ice jigs tipped with maggots 4 to 6 feet under the ice. A few rainbows are being caught from shore at Riverside and Trout Creek bay on flies or egg sacks. There is 14 inches of ice at the Causeway and 12 to 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 Holter Lake Ramp on egg sacks or pink 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 30 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. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing is good while using pink ice jigs and maggots or corn. The kokanee are being caught near the bottom in 25 to 35 feet of water. A lot of small perch are being caught in shallower water. There is 14 to 16 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
(Report by Troy Humphrey and Adam Strainer-Montana FWP)