Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (4.25.14)
By angelamontana

Posted: April 25, 2014

Hunting:

The countdown continues to get your Moose, Sheep, and Goat special permit applications in. They are due by May 1st. You may have heard reports of .22 caliber ammo shortages. Well, Bob Ward’s has limited quantities of .22 and .223 so swing on in.

Fishing:                                  

Canyon Ferry Lake: The lake is really low. If you put in by the silos be very careful and head out of the north part of that bay (water is about 2-2.5 feet in there). Duck pond 1 has been pretty successful for walleye fishing. Try throwing some jigs tipped with night crawlers or some perch or rainbow colored Rapalas. If you want to fish off the shore, the rainbows have been biting. We recommend throwing some jigs with a worm or some egg sacks. Bronze Thomas Cyclones (spoon) has been also working well.

Missouri River: Water flows are still really high, please observe extra caution if you are wading out there. Below the dam at Canyon Ferry is the ticket right now. We recommend throwing some spoons or egg sacks, which have been getting some decent hits. For fly fisherman, try throwing some UV wire San Juan worms or some heavy Czech nymphs, you might want to use some split shot or weighted line to get deep. For dry flies, trying throwing some midges or Skwalas in the evenings at risers. Dry flies have been pretty inconsistent.

(Report by Ryan Corwin-Bob Ward & Sons)