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Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 8.1.16
By angelamontana


Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout fishing has slowed down throughout the reservoir, but some anglers are catching a few fish using cowbells tipped with worms or cranks in 20 to 50 feet of water. Shore fishing for rainbows continues to be slow throughout the reservoir. Walleye fishing has really picked up as fish are being caught throughout the reservoir tolling worm harnesses or slow-death rigs, tipped with worms, in 15 to 50 feet of water.  Jigs, both standard and floating, tipped with a worm are also producing walleye reservoir-wide. Yellow perch are being caught from shore using jigs tipped with worms and while trolling for walleye.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Good rainbow action can be found in the mornings while trolling cowbells 25 feet deep between Hauser Dam and Devil’s Elbow. Shore fishing is fair while using worms or Powerbait around Riverside. Walleye fishing has provided some action from shore at the Causeway Bridge on jigs and a leech at night.  Boat anglers are finding good results in the Causeway Arm and around the El Dorado dredge piles on jigs or bottom bouncers and a leech or worm in 10 to 15 feet of water.  A few perch are being caught in the Causeway as well on jigs.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Jigging at night or trolling cowbells in the mornings is providing good rainbow action from Split Rock to Holter Dam at depths of 20 to 30 feet.  Shore fishing for rainbows has been fair around Gates of the Mountains on worms or fly fishing with small nymphs.  A few walleye are being caught in the canyon around Gates of the Mountains, Split Rock, Cottonwood Creek and the bays by Holter Dam.  Most walleye are being caught on jigs and a worm or leech in 15 to 20 feet of water.  Perch are being caught throughout the reservoir in small bays and around weedbeds in 12 to 20 feet of water while using jigs and worms.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena