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Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 1.11.16
By angelamontana

Posted: January 11, 2016

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout are on the bite from Pond 4 to the Silos and at Beaver Creek Bay.  Fishing has been best using rubber-legged jigs and woolly bugger flies, tipped with worms or maggots, in 10 feet of water or less. Yellow perch are being caught between Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek in 30 to 50 feet of water using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots.  Ice conditions have been reported at 9 to 13-inches from Pond 4 to Hole-in-the-Wall, 5 to 7 inches at White Earth, and 4 inches at the Outhouse near the Dam.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is improving in the Causeway with the best action occurring while using jigs and maggots 8 to 10 feet below the ice.  Ling are being caught at night on nightcrawlers around the Black Sandy area.  There is 10 inches of good ice in the Causeway and at Black Sandy. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Perch fishing has been very good with limits of 10 inch perch consistently being caught.  The perch are being caught at all of the boat ramps and around Holter Dam in 20 to 40 feet of water on jigs and maggots or worms. There is 7 to 8 inches of good ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp.  Rainbow fishing has been slow, but most anglers are targeting perch.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee action is somewhat slow with the best bet being while using jigs and corn in 20 to 30 feet of water.  A lot of small perch are being caught just off the bottom while using jigs and maggots at varying depths.  There is 10 to 12 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

(Report via Adam Strainer and Troy Humphrey – Montana FWP)