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 between the Silos Recreation Area and Pond 4 using jigs, tipped with maggots, in 10 feet of water or less. Yellow perch are being caught near Hole-in-the-Wall using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples, tipped with maggots, in 30 feet of water. Ice conditions are EXTREMELY variable, especially along shore and around pressure ridges. Ice has been reported at 20 inches throughout the south end and 12 inches on north end. This is likely the final winter fishing report for Canyon Ferry Reservoir. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser: Rainbow fishing is good through the ice at Black Sandy and the Causeway on jigs or ice flies with maggots. Open water rainbow fishing is good at the Causeway Bridge, York Bridge and below Canyon Ferry Dam on egg sacks, flies or crankbaits. The ice in the Causeway is variable at 6 to 10 inches. At Black Sandy there is 15 inches of good ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Holter: Perch fishing is good near Holter Lake Lodge, the prairie dog town and Log Gulch. The perch are being caught anywhere from 10 to 45 feet of water on jigs and maggots or worms, so most anglers are moving around until they find the schools. Rainbow fishing is slow with a few being caught near shore on jigs and maggots or egg sacks in 4 to 8 feet of water. There is about 10 inches of ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp. Ice conditions are deteriorating with open water along shore in some areas so be careful. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee action continues to be good with the best results occurring while using jigs tipped with maggots or corn 10 to 20 feet below the ice. Perch are being caught just off the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water. Most perch are small. There is 16 inches of good ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena