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Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 5.23.16
By angelamontana


Canyon Ferry:  Rain, rain, and more rain was the story this past week on Canyon Ferry.  A few brave anglers caught rainbows from shore at traditional access points throughout the reservoir using worms and/or marshmallows. A handful of boat anglers had success fishing for rainbows trolling spoons or cowbells tipped with worms. Walleye fishing has been slow, but successful anglers caught a few walleye on the south end of the reservoir tolling worm harnesses or cranks in 15 feet of water or less.  No report for yellow perch.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Shore fishing for rainbows is fair with a few being caught around Black Sandy, York Bridge and Riverside while using worms.  Boat anglers are finding rainbows while trolling cowbells around the White Sandy and Black Sandy areas.  Walleye fishing has slowed down with the recent weather.  There have been reports of a few walleye being caught in the Causeway from shore and boat while using jigs tipped with a worm.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Shore fishing for rainbows has produced good results while using flies or small nymphs in 5 feet of water in upper Holter. Boat anglers are finding rainbows while trolling perch colored crankbaits or cowbells throughout the reservoir, with the area around Split Rock being the best bet.  Some perch are being caught around the boat docks while using jigs tipped with a worm.  Walleye fishing is slow.  A few walleye are being caught around the Gates of the Mountains on jigs tipped with a worm.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena