Helena Recreation Report Bob Ward's Sports & Outdoors

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors
By angelamontana

Posted: January 1, 2016

Hunting: General rifle season for deer and elk is over, but an elk shoulder season is running in districts 445, 446, 449, 452, and 410—please visit Montana FWP website for more info. If you still need any gear don’t hesitate to swing into Bob Ward & Sons for all your hunting needs. If you still need your 2015 hunting tags or regulations swing on in and see stop at our license center.

ICE REPORT: Please take precautions and continue to check ice thickness. Stay safe!
Causeway: Ice is solid about 6-10 inches of ice. We’ve had a few of our guys out already and they hooked up on Ling, Perch, and trout. Trout bite was particularly hot, ling will continue to pick-up throughout the winter. We’d recommend using some Swedish Pimples tipped with worms or smelt (smelt will be the go to for ling). With colder weather this week ice should start forming but please be extra careful as ice conditions are subject to change.
Holding Reservoir: also is starting to ice over with about 8-10” of ice. Fishing has been okay—continue jigging Swedish Pimples tipped with smelt. Salmon fishing is slow but the perch bite has been hot.

Snow Report:
Showdown: Showdown has 42” at the summit with a 38” base. Come out and ski some of great natural snow at one of Montana’s oldest ski hills.
Great Divide: Great Divide has 30” on the Lower Mountain and 30” on the upper mountain. The Good Luck Chair, Mount Belmont Chairs, Meadow Mountain Chair, and BackYard Rope Tow are open. Great Divide is now open every day through Jan. 3rd except for Christmas Day. HalfPrice Passport 10 punch cards are available for $59.00 as well as Great Divide gift certificates, so swing on into Bob Ward & Sons to pick-up some great stocking stuffer gifts for the family.
Big Sky: Big Sky has 54” on the Upper Mountain and 36” mid mountain. Several lifts are now open so swing on by for the ultimate resort weekend.
Whitefish Mountain Resort: The mountain looks like winter with plenty of snow showing up on their trail cams, the mountain has 68 inches of settled base and is running 11 chairs and the tbar. If you’re looking for a scenic weekend out of town Whitefish Mountain Resort is always a great weekend get-away.


(Report via Ryan Corwin)