Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 5.11.18
Spring Bear and Spring Turkey are in full swing right now with Turkey ending on May 20th and Bear ending at the end of the month.
Canyon Ferry Lake: The lake is only accessible from the shoreline right now. Water levels on the lake are very low and boat ramp access is not recommended due to the low water levels. With run off coming up soon, water levels should return to normal but for now stick to the shoreline.
Holter Lake: Boat access is getting better but please call ahead to the marina and check with them on boat access before coming down. Water temps are still cold so look to deeper water to catch Walleye and Trout for now.
Hauser: Fishing is starting to pick up in Hauser and boat access is a lot better along Hauser right now. So if you’re looking to get out on the water try hitting up Hauser. Remember water temps are cold right now so stick to deeper areas and try trolling a deep spoon on a downrigger or if you’re marking some fish vertical jigging with a night crawler or leach is also very productive.
Missouri River: The water is open and the boat ramps are clear so it’s time to get the boat on the water and start throwing some lines. Conditions wise, water flows are way up making wading less than optimal right now—we’d recommend boats or shore casting until the flows drop. The bite has picked up since last week and guys are having pretty good luck from boats and land. BWOs are popping off right now. Mother’s Day Caddis should be coming very soon as the upper Missouri near three forks has already had a decent Caddis hatch we should see them coming off a bit lower soon.