Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports and Outdoors (5.29.15)
Hunting: Spring Bear season is almost over. Don’t forget that Antelope, Deer B, and Cow applications are due by June 1st. If you had a great season make sure to bring pictures down of your successful hunts or catches and post them on our bulletin board.
Fishing: Streams are open and with the scattered storms in the forecast pressures have been up and down and the fish have been pretty active.
Little Blackfoot: Water has been a little high and a little off color but nymphing is still working well. We’d recommend throwing some BH prince nymphs or BH hares ear. There were caddis coming off but with higher water levels we didn’t see many risers. We also spotted a few stone flies near Avon.
Missouri River: Recent weather has made the dry fly fishing a bit tough lately but nymphing is still working consistently. If weather is warm, don’t hesitate to switch back to dry flies as the caddis have been coming off in numbers. Overall, the water temp. and color are good just pay attention to the weather. For nymphing we’d recommend sticking to some caddis pupas or scuds. For dry flies stick to your favorite caddis patterns and BWOs.
Canyon Ferry Lake: The trout have been fishing well especially on the north-end of the lake. From shore try throwing some leeches or spawn sacks. Boaters were doing well trolling cowbells or other harnesses in the shallows tipped with leeches. Walleye fishing has been a bit hot and cold lately but if the water warms up Walleye should start picking up in the shallows by the duck ponds. Don’t hesitate to give it a go because it should start to take off soon!
(Report via Ryan Corwin)