Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 2.20.18
By angelamontana

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout fishing has been best early in the morning. Successful anglers continue to find fish at shallow depths between Pond 4 and the Silos using micro jigs or ice flies tipped with worms or maggots. Yellow perch and walleye are being caught between the Silos and Confederate Bay using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples, tipped with maggots, in 25 to 40 feet of water.  Ice conditions were reported at 15 to 21 inches from Pond 4 to Hole-in-the-Wall and 12 inches at the Shannon Access boat ramp on the north end of reservoir.

Weekly fishing reports for Canyon Ferry, and other area waters, can now be found within FWP’s new web-based fisheries tool known as FishMT.  The web address to FishMT’s Canyon Ferry waterbody page is: https://myfwp.mt.gov/fishMT/detail.action?wbID=42585 .

Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is very good in the Causeway and around Black Sandy while using jigs and maggots or spawn sacks in ten to twelve feet of water.  Perch, walleye and ling fishing are very slow.  The ice in the Causeway is 12 to 14 inches and around Black Sandy there is 14 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Perch fishing is good around Departure Point and the prairie dog town. Most perch are being caught in 15 to 50 feet of water on jigs and maggots or worms. More rainbows are starting to be caught mainly by anglers targeting perch. A few ling are being picked up as well while perch fishing.  There is 10 to 12 inches of ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee action is a bit inconsistent with the best action occurring while using jigs tipped with maggots or corn in 35 feet of water.  Perch are being caught just off the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water; however most perch are small.  There is 14 to 15 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena