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Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 8.29.16
By angelamontana


Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout fishing continues to be slow, but some fish are being caught using cranks or cowbells, tipped with a worm, in 20 to 50 feet of water. Shore fishing for rainbows has also been slow, but anglers continue to target rainbows from shore at Confederate Bay and Duck Creek Bay using worms.  The walleye bite continues to be good throughout the reservoir tolling worm harnesses or slow-death rigs, tipped with worms, in 15 to 35 feet of water.  Fishing a jig, both standard and floating, tipped with a worm continues to produce walleye reservoir-wide in 5 to 60 feet of water. A few yellow perch and smallmouth bass are being caught while searching for walleye.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is good in the mornings while trolling cowbells 20 feet deep between York Bridge and Hauser Dam and between Riverside and Spokane Bay. Shore fishing is fair while using worms or Powerbait near Riverside and the Causeway Bridge. Boat anglers are catching walleye in the Causeway Arm and around Lakeside on jigs and worms in 8 to 15 feet of water.  A few walleye are being caught from shore at the Causeway Bridge on jigs and worms.  Some perch are being caught in the Causeway as well on jigs.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbow fishing is good while trolling cowbells or perch colored crankbaits in the mornings from Split Rock to Holter Dam at depths of 20 to 30 feet.  Shore fishing for rainbows is slow. A few walleye are being caught 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, around weedbeds and from the docks at the boat ramps in 10 to 15 feet of water while using jigs and worms.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena