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Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 9.12.16
By angelamontana


Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout fishing has slowed down, but some anglers are having success using spoons or cowbells, tipped with a worm, in 10 to 40 feet of water. Shore fishing for rainbows has also been slow, but past information suggests that using worms or spoons at the Silos, Confederate Bay, and Duck Creek Bay might produce fish this time of year.  Walleye fishing slowed down this past week, but some anglers are having success tolling worm harnesses, tipped with a worm, in 15 to 45 feet of water.  Fishing a jig, both standard and floating, is a good reservoir-wide tactic this time of year in 5 to 40 feet of water. No report for yellow perch.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is good while trolling cowbells in the Causeway and around the Black Sandy/White Sandy area.  Shore fishing is good at the Causeway Bridge and Riverside while using worms, wooly buggers or Powerbait. Walleye fishing is fair in the Causeway Arm while using jigs and worms in 8 to 15 feet of water.  Walleye are being caught at night 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 silver colored crankbaits from Split Rock to Holter Dam.  Shore fishing for rainbows is slow. Walleye fishing is slow with a few being caught mixed in with the schools of perch. Most walleye are being caught on jigs and a worm or leech in 10 to 15 feet of water.  Perch are being caught throughout the reservoir in small bays, around weedbeds and from the docks at the boat ramps in 8 to 12 feet of water while using jigs and worms.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena