Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 3.2.18
By angelamontana

Fishing: **New fishing licenses for 2018 must begin March 1st** Swing on in and pick up your 2018 license.

Canyon Ferry: Ice is solid and we are getting reports of about 15-20” of ice along the silos up to confederate, Duck Creek, HIW and Goosebay.  Try fishing in 20-30 FOW with a Hali jig tipped with a maggot or some frozen minnows.  Silos have been fishing pretty well of late.  The wind has been ripping and is probably the biggest deterrent to fish CF right now but if it lightens up the fishing out here is productive and always a good time.

Hauser/Causeway:  There are a reports of about 12-15” of ice.  The bite has picked up again and the perch are hitting in 40-50 fow and Walleye and Trout are hitting in 15-30 fow, so make sure to grab some maggots and your favorite ice jigs, we’d recommend picking up a glowing Swedish pimple. If you’re chasing ling try fishing a bit deeper—around 60 fow.

Holter:  Ice is solid about 8-12” of ice, and the bite is good right now. Guys have been fishing the perch in about 40-50 fow and trout in about 20-30 fow, make sure you are actively jigging a Hali jig tipped with a maggot or perch eyes to get your best results and keep moving around until you start marking fish.

Helena Regulating Reservoir:  Ice is solid right now about 15-20”. Salmon bite is good right now and so is the perch—-we’d recommend spending time at the reservoir before it’s definitely been more productive. Lots of fish biting according to reports. Salmon seem to be hanging near the bottom in about 30 fow so start there then adjust.  Schools seem to be moving around pretty fast so be patient.

(report via Ryan Corwin)