Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report by FWP (1.3.16)
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 are being caught from Pond 4 to the Silos area using various colors of jigs or ice flies, tipped with worms or maggots, in 10 feet of water or less. Yellow perch and a few walleye are being caught near Hole-in-the-Wall using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots, in 45 to 50 feet of water. Ice conditions have been reported at 10 to 14 inches from Pond 4 to the Hole-in-the-Wall. Variable conditions exist elsewhere, so please use caution. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing has been a bit 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 4-8 inches. Fishing is slow around Black Sandy where there is 8 to 10 inches of good ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Perch fishing has been very good around Holter Dam, Log Gulch and Departure Point in 10 to 40 feet of water on jigs and maggots or worms. There is 4 inches of ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp and 2 to 3 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 is good while using ice flies or jigs and maggots or corn in 20 to 35 feet of water. A few perch are being caught just off the bottom at varying depths. There is 8-10 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena






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