Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 10.14.16
General season for Antelope and Pheasant season opened last week. Archery for Deer or Elk ends this weekend with the last day Sunday, October 16th. General season is fast approaching; opening on October 22nd for Deer and Elk. Grouse, Fall Turkey, and Partridge season are open, as well. Duck and Goose are also open in both flyways and all zones but zone 2 of the Central which reopens on October 22nd—and with these cold weeks we should start seeing birds in the sky soon. So swing on into Bob Wards for all your hunting needs.
Canyon Ferry: The trout bite is still decent and if you want to avoid some traffic (by way of waterfowl hunters) head up to the north end and chase some trout. If you’re fishing from shore you try snap jigging some night crawlers or try casting out some good old fashion marshmallows. For walleye right now the game is about depth…with colder water temps walleye are going to be a bit deeper than they were a couple of months ago. Definitely try and use heavier spinners or heavy jigs and try and stick to Perch or Firetiger patterns right now.
Helena Valley Reservoir: It’s snagging season at the reservoir. Swing on in and pick up some treble hooks and weights and get ready to hook-up some salmon. Salmon have been a bit touch and go lately.
Missouri River: It’s been getting cold on the old Mo with warm temperature swings during the day—that means great fishing. The ticket right now is streamer fishing and nymphing. Weeds are low so streamer fishing is a bit easier so don’t hesitate to bring your favorite streamer and huck them at some mighty Mo’ hogs!