Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 1.19.15
By angelamontana

Posted: January 20, 2015

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 from the Silos to Pond 4.  Successful anglers are using black and green ice flies tipped with maggots. Jigs, tipped with worms, are also catching fish.  Yellow perch are being caught between Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek Bay in 35 feet of water.  Swedish pimples and Hali jigs, tipped with maggots, worms or perch eyes, continue to produce the best results.  Ice conditions have been reported at 14 to 15-inches from Hole-in-the-Wall to Pond 4, 6 to 8-inches mid-reservoir, and 4 to 6-inches on the north end.  Please use caution this time of year.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is good in the Causeway while using jigs and maggots 3 to 6 feet below the ice.  A few perch and walleye are being caught as well.  A few ling are being caught near Black Sandy on sucker meat.  There is 6 to 10 inches of ice in the Causeway and 6 to 10 inches around Black Sandy.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbow and perch fishing has been very good.  Rainbows are being caught on jigs and maggots in the bay at Holter Ramp and between Log Gulch and Departure Point.  A lot of perch are being caught at Log Gulch and Departure Point in 25 to 40 feet of water on jigs and maggots or worms.  A few ling and walleye are mixed in with the perch.  There is 6 inches of ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp.  Use caution as the wind and warmer temps have made the ice unstable in a few spots.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee action has picked up while using jigs and maggots or corn in 25 to 35 feet of water.  A lot of small perch are being caught in 10 to 15 feet of water.  There is 12 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena