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Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 2.22.16
By angelamontana

Posted: February 23, 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:  Ice conditions have deteriorated, especially along shore, throughout the reservoir.  Please proceed with caution. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
 
Hauser:  Ice in the Causeway is too unstable to access.  Fishing for rainbows has been very good from shore around the Causeway Bridge, Riverside and York Bridge while using egg sacks, worms or marshmallows.  Boat anglers are doing very well for rainbows while casting jigs with a worm around Riverside, Lakeside and York Bridge.  York Bridge ramp is ice free.  Black Sandy and Lake Helena still have accessible ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Most of the reservoir is open water.  Holter Lake and Log Gulch ramps should soon be accessible.   Anglers are able to launch boats at Gates of the Mountains, but no reports on fishing success.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee action is good with the best bet being while using jigs and maggots or corn 15 to 30 feet below the ice.  A lot of small perch are being caught just off the bottom while using jigs and maggots throughout the reservoir in 15 to 25 feet of water.   There is 10 to 12 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena