Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (1.29.16)
Causeway: Ice is solid about 8-10 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: Fishing has been okay—continue jigging Swedish Pimples tipped with smelt. Salmon fishing is slow but the perch bite has been hot.
Canyon Ferry: Ice is pretty solid on the south end, about 8-10” of ice. Fishing has been good for perch and trout have been very productive from the silos down. Suspended maggots on tip-ups have been the ticket. The derby was last weekend and things went pretty well for perch.
Holter Lake: The perch bite is on again and it’s hot. If you’re after some great fillets follow the crowd to Holter—the bite is on! Ice is about 6”-8” thick.
(Report via Ryan Corwin – Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors)