Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 1.4.16
By angelamontana

Posted: January 4, 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:  Rainbow trout are being caught between Pond 4 and Hole-in-the-Wall.  Fishing has been best using various colors of jigs or ice flies, tipped with worms or maggots, in 10 feet of water. A few yellow perch are being caught near Hole-in-the-Wall in 35 to 60 feet of water using Hali jigs, Swedish Pimples or jigs tipped with maggots.  Ice conditions have been reported at 8 to 12-inches from Pond 4 to Hole-in-the-Wall.  Variable conditions exist elsewhere, so please use caution.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
 
Hauser:  Rainbow fishing has been a bit slow in the Causeway with a few being caught while using jigs and maggots in 8 to 12 feet of water.  An occasional walleye and ling at night are being caught.  The ice in the Causeway is 8 inches. Fishing is slow around Black Sandy where there is 10 to 12 inches of good ice. 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 around Holter Dam, Log Gulch and Departure Point in 10 to 40 feet of water on jigs and maggots or worms. There is 4 inches of ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp and 2 to 3 inches around the dam.  Holter ice conditions can change daily so use caution as wind and warmer temps can make the ice unstable. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
 
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee action is fair while using ice flies or jigs and maggots or corn in 20 to 35 feet of water.  A lot of small perch are being caught just off the bottom at varying depths.  There is 10 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
(Report via Montana FWP)