Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 1.9.17
By angelamontana


Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable. Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support a vehicle to open water. Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice.

Canyon Ferry: Rainbow trout continue to be caught around Pond 4, the Silos recreation area, Confederate Bay, and Beaver Creek Bay using various colors of jigs or ice flies, tipped with worms or maggots, in 10 feet of water or less. Yellow perch, as well as a few walleye, are being caught near Hole-in-the-Wall using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots, in approximately 45 feet of water. Ice conditions have been reported at 15 to 18 inches from Pond 4 to the Confederate Bay, 12 to 14 inches in the White Earth area, and 8 to 9 inches throughout the North end. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing continues to be slow in the Causeway with a few being caught while using jigs and maggots in 8 to 12 feet of water. The ice in the Causeway is 4 to 8 inches. Fishing is picking up a bit around Black Sandy where there is 12 inches of good ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Perch fishing has been very good around Holter Dam, Log Gulch and Departure Point in 30 to 45 feet of water on jigs and maggots or worms. There is about 10 inches of ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp and 8 to 10 inches around the dam. Holter ice conditions can change daily so use caution as wind and warmer temps can make the ice unstable. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee action continues to be good while using ice flies or jigs and maggots or corn in 20 to 35 feet of water. Perch are being caught just off the bottom at varying depths. There is 10 to 11 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena






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