Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports and Outdoors (7.24.15)
Hunting: Archery season opens in less than 2 months away with opening day for archery on Sept. 5th. Swing on in and get geared up for this upcoming season. Check your tag drawings and schedule your scouting trips. The season will be here before you know it.
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.
Blackfoot River: Hoot Owl restrictions are still in effect for the Blackfoot so get out there early for some fishing action. Purple haze and adams parachutes are continuing to do well in the 14-16 sizes. For nymphing we’d recommend sticking to BH prince nymphs and caddis pupas.
Missouri River: Dry flies are continuing to do well. Try anything with a bit of purple in it and you will be sure to have something tugging your line. The Caddis hatch is in full swing so be sure to stock up on those as well before heading out.
Canyon Ferry Lake: Stick to the mornings or evenings to get a jump on the fish bite. The trout continue to have been fishing well on the north-end of the lake. From shore try throwing some spinners or spoons tipped with a worm. Boaters were doing well trolling cowbells or crankbaits in the firetiger pattern. Walleye fishing is continuing to do well in the south-end of the lake with the north-end beginning to become better as the water continues to warm up. Try trolling the shallows by the duck ponds with a bottom bouncer and crawling harness tipped with a leech or worm, Rapalas work pretty well—I usually troll a countdown or husky jerk in Firetiger or Perch (blue and pinks also seem to hit well at Canyon Ferry). Carp are out cruising the shallows if you like hooking up on large carp.
(Report via Ryan Corwin – Bob Ward’s Sports and Outdoors)