Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (5.8.15)
Spring Turkey and Spring Bear seasons are in full swing. Gopher season is exploding right now with the grass still short enough to see them but long enough to get them out of their holes. Don’t forget to come in and get some .22 shells before you go out. 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.
Missouri River: The Baetis are starting to explode below the dam by Craig and with some BWOs buzzing around we’re starting to see some risers by mid-day. Dry fly fishing has been excellent! Try throwing some BWOs or Elk Hair Caddis at any risers out there. For sub-surface nymphing is still more productive, we’d recommend throwing some Caddis Pupas or Hare’s Ear. If you’re in a boat don’t hesitate to try throwing some streamers toward shore and stripping them back, try throwing Buggers or Minnows.
Canyon Ferry Lake: The trout of been fishing well especially on the north-end of the lake. From shore try throwing some worms or spawn sacks. Boaters were doing well trolling cowbells or other harnesses in the shallows as well. Walleye fishing has been a bit hot and cold lately but if weather continues to warm 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 by Ryan Corwin – Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors)