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 has really picked up from Pond 4 to the Silos. A few fish are also being caught at Beaver Creek Bay and Confederate Bay. Successful anglers have been using rubber-legged jigs and ice flies, tipped with crawlers or maggots, in 10 feet of water or less. Yellow perch are being caught between Hole-in-the-Wall, Confederate Bay and Duck Creek Bay in 40 to 50 feet of water using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots. A few 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, 9 inches at White Earth, and 7 to 10 inches on the north end. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser: Rainbow fishing is slow in the Causeway with the best action occurring while using jigs and maggots or worms in 8 feet of water. A few walleye and ling are being caught around Black Sandy at night. There is 12-14 inches of good ice in the Causeway and at Black Sandy. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Holter: Perch fishing continues to be 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 around the shoreline so it can be challenging to access. Rainbow fishing has been slow, but most anglers are targeting perch. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee action is finally improving with the best bet being while using jigs and maggots or corn in 20 to 25 feet of water. A lot of small perch are being caught just off the bottom while using jigs and maggots throughout the reservoir in 15 feet of water. There is 12 to 14 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena