Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (7.3.15)
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 lowered a bit and cleared up enough to throw some dry flies at risers. For dry flies we’d recommend throwing a size 10 stone and caddis are fishing well in the evenings. For nymphing we’d recommend sticking to BH prince nymphs and caddis pupas.
Missouri River: With warm temperatures throughout the week, early mornings and evenings are the best time to fish and avoid the heat. Mornings are a great time to be throwing some PMDs and late evenings Caddis and spinners are the go too. You can also expect to see some action on terrestrials soon with hoppers starting to take off.
Canyon Ferry Lake: Once again, mornings and evenings are the best time for fishing since the days have been so hot and recreational boaters are out in force during the day. The trout have been fishing well especially 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 other harnesses in the shallows tipped with leeches. Walleye fishing is starting to take off as the water warms up. Try trolling the shallows by the duck ponds with a bottom bouncer and crawling harness tipped with a leech, 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 by Ryan Corwin – Bob Ward’s Sports and Outdoors)