Helena Recreation – Fishing:
Little Blackfoot/Boulder/Prickly Pear: If you’re looking for some smaller water it’s a gorgeous place, water is a low and clear. Dry fly fishing is here!!! We’d recommend throwing some Caddis (#16) or Mayfly patterns (#14-#16) at any risers. Terrestrials are out as well—ants and beetles mostly but a keep an eye peeled for hoppers as weather starts to warm. Stoneflies are out as well so look to bring a few of these as well.
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. The north end has been productive for trout. 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, especially early mornings and late aftoons.
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: Fishing has been awesome on the Mo! We’d recommend throwing emergers, Rusty Spinners, and Caddis they seem to be the ticket all day long. Spinners have been amazing and smaller Caddis have been awesome too. Evenings are always a great scenic time on the Mo and fish seem to be rising—time to get out there and fish!
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