Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (8.21.15)
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.
Blackfoot River: Hoot Owl restrictions remain in place from 2 P.M. until midnight daily. The fishing action continues to do well in the mornings. Be sure to pick up a couple Purple Haze and Parachute Adams in the 14-16 sizes before you head out there. For nymphing we’d recommend sticking to BH prince nymphs and caddis pupas and for a little variety try out a Purple Batman.
Missouri River: Fishing has been a bit picky lately. Mornings and evenings have been the most productive. We’d recommend sticking to Mayflies, green machines, and PMDs. Fishing below Hauser dam has been the best of late. If you’re fishing small nymphs make sure to use an indicator and pay close attention bites have been more subtle with the hot days and warmer water temperatures.
Canyon Ferry Lake: Trout fishing is continuing to do well. The morning and evening feeding times are continuing to produce for shore anglers with marshmallows and worms. Those in boats are still doing well trolling cowbells with rapalas, or spoons at about 20-40 feet. Walleye fishing is up and down as anglers continue to catch Walleye however the size can vary anywhere from 6 to 16 inches. Bottom bouncing in 20-35 feet of water will produce with Colorado blades and worms. When you find a school do a little jigging with local lure Kit’s Tackle Walleye Fry and you’ll be sure to pull out a few.