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 at shallow depths between Pond 4 and the Silos using red, orange, and pink jigs or ice flies, tipped with worms or maggots. Yellow perch and some walleye continue to be caught in the “Perch Triangle” between Hole-in-the-Wall, Duck Creek Bay, and Confederate Bay using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples, tipped with maggots, in 30 to 40 feet of water. Ice conditions continue to be reported at 14 to 18 inches from Pond 4 to Confederate Bay and 5 to 8 inches on the north end of the reservoir. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser: Rainbow fishing is fair in the Causeway and at York Bridge while using jigs and maggots or worms 8 to 10 feet below the ice. Rainbows are also being caught in open water below Canyon Ferry Dam on worms. A few ling are being caught at night around Black Sandy while using bait on the bottom. The ice in the Causeway is 10 to 12 inches and around Black Sandy there is 12 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Holter: Perch fishing is good at Departure Point, Indian Trail, the prairie dog town and the bays across the lake from the Boat Loft. Most perch are being caught in 15 to 25 feet of water on jigs and maggots or worms. These areas plus the Gates of the Mountains are producing a few rainbows as well on jigs and maggots 5 to 10 feet below the ice. 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 good with best action occurring while using Swedish Pimples or jigs tipped with maggots or corn 15 to 20 feet below the ice. Perch are being caught just off the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water. There is 12 to 14 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
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