Helena Recreation Report: by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors
Spring Bear wraps up end of May and early June.
Little Blackfoot River: If you’re looking for some smaller water it’s a gorgeous place, water is a little high–from Elliston to Avon it is pretty clear and low enough for fishing. For flies we’d recommend stonefly imitations and weighted nymph such as a Hare’s Ear, Czech Nymphs, Weighted Caddis Pupas, or Prince Nymphs size 10-12. Mother’s Day caddis hatch is still strong in mid-afternoon with lots of caddis all over the water.
Canyon Ferry: Time to get your boat out! The walleye bite is picking up and the trout bite is hot. For trout we’d recommend using worms, egg sucking leeches, PowerBait, egg patterns, and egg sacks. For Walleye we recommend tossing some cranks or jigs with perch (or fire tiger); worm harnesses are also starting to work. Early mornings and evenings try cruising out in the flats with cranks or worm harnesses above the duck ponds as Walleye are starting to get more active.
Hauser Lake: Walleye bite is on and jigging is the ticket. We just got our leeches which should help with ripping into the lip of monster walleye.
Missouri River: BWO’s are about over and March Browns are done. You might get some luck on Caddis when the sun starts to peek. For nymphing we’d recommend scuds or worms with a mayfly dropper—might want to get something with some weight or add some drop shot to get things a bit deeper.