Helena Area Reservoirs Ice Fishing Report for the Week of 1.16.17
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 fishing has slowed a bit, but some fish are being caught between Pond 4 and the Silos recreation area using various colors of jigs or ice flies, tipped with worms or maggots, in 6 feet of water or less. Yellow perch, as well as some walleye, are being caught between Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek Bay using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots, in 40 to 45 feet of water.  Ice conditions have been reported at 18 to 20 inches from Pond 4 to the Confederate Bay and 10 inches on the North end of the reservoir. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
 
Hauser:  Rainbow fishing continues to be slow in the Causeway with a few being caught while using jigs and maggots or powerbait in 8 to 12 feet of water.  Black Sandy has been slow as well.  A few ling are reportedly being caught at night.  The ice in the Causeway is 8 to 10 inches. At Black Sandy there is 12 to 14 inches of good ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
 
Holter:  Perch fishing has slowed up some with the best catches occurring around South Village, Split Rock, Log Gulch and Departure Point in 15 to 25 feet of water on jigs and maggots or worms. These areas are producing a few rainbows as well  on jigs and maggots or powerbait 6 to 8 feet below the ice.  There is about 10 to 16 inches of ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp.  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 has slowed down a bit with some salmon being caught 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 12 to 14 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena





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