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Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 1.25.16
By angelamontana

Posted: January 26, 2016

Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable on the reservoirs.  Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support a vehicle to open water.  Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice.

Canyon Ferry:  The rainbow trout bite continues to be fair from Pond 4 to the Silos and at Beaver Creek Bay and Confederate Bay.  Fishing has been best using rubber-legged jigs and ice flies, tipped with maggots, in 10 feet of water or less. Yellow perch fishing has been good between Hole-in-the-Wall, Confederate and Duck Creek in 40 to 60 feet of water using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots. Walleye continue to be caught while searching for yellow perch.   Ice conditions have been reported at 12 to 14 inches from Pond 4 to Hole-in-the-Wall, 8 inches at White Earth, and 8 inches on the north end.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is slowly getting better in the Causeway with the best action occurring while using jigs and maggots or worms 6 to 10 feet below the ice.  Perch and walleye fishing are really slow.  There is 10 inches of good ice in the Causeway and at Black Sandy. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Perch fishing is a bit inconsistent at times, but when the bite is on the action has been very good.  The key is to move around until you find a school.  The perch are being caught at all of the boat ramps and around Holter Dam in 40 to 60 feet of water on jigs and maggots or mealworms. There is 7 to 8 inches of ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp; however, the ice has started to break up a bit around the shoreline in a few spots.  Rainbow fishing has been slow, but most anglers are targeting perch.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee action continues to be somewhat slow with the best bet being while using jigs and maggots or corn in 25 feet of water.  A lot of small perch are being caught just off the bottom while using jigs and maggots.  The best perch action has been around the island in 10 to 15 feet of water.   There is 10 to 12 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena