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Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 9.5.16
By angelamontana


Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout fishing has been slow, but a few fish are being caught using spoons 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 the Silos, Confederate Bay, and Duck Creek Bay using worms.  The walleye bite has been good throughout the reservoir tolling worm harnesses or jigs, tipped with a worm, in 15 to 45 feet of water.  Fishing a jig tipped with a worm from shore, both standard and floating jigs, also continues to produce walleye reservoir-wide in 5 to 50 feet of water. A few yellow perch continue to be caught while searching for walleye.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is good while trolling cowbells 15 to 20 feet deep in the Causeway and around the Black Sandy/White Sandy area.  Shore fishing is improving at the Causeway Bridge and Riverside while using worms, wooly buggers or Powerbait. Walleye fishing has slowed down with a few being caught 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 silver colored crankbaits from Split Rock to Holter Dam at depths of 15 to 25 feet.  Shore fishing for rainbows is slow. A few walleye are being caught mixed in with the schools of perch around Split Rock, Cottonwood Creek and the bays by Holter Dam.  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

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  The snagging season for Kokanee Salmon opened on September 1st and will run through October 31st.  Limits are 35 salmon daily with 70 in possession.  Early reports are that it has been slow.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena