Helena Recreation Report Bob Ward's Sports & Outdoors

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 8.24.18
By angelamontana

Posted: August 24, 2018

Hunting:

Archery season is starting to sneak up on us, starting Sept. 1st for Deer/Elk/Antelope.

Fishing:

Canyon Ferry Lake: Warm waters are really getting the Walleye bite going.  Try trolling a crawling harness tipped with a leech behind a bottom bouncer and don’t hesitate to change up the depth. Late afternoon shallows along the shoreline has been very productive, as well. Try throwing some of perch colored Rapalas (Firetiger or even the metallic green), I like the jointed shad-rap but Husky, Countdowns, and regular Shads work well also. Afternoons and early mornings are the best for the bite, but you’ll probably get to fish longer as we make the turn into fall and recreational boating winds down. The water has had some blue algae clustering near the dam so be careful and avoid getting into water until it clears up.

Holter Lake: The fires have made things pretty smoky up here but recent weather has helped quite a bit. For walleye, we recommend trolling with a crank or crawling harness tipped with a leech to find them.  Throwing a Rapala toward the shoreline is doing well especially as the lake narrows and starts winding toward the gates. Trout fishing is doing well, try trolling near southern shore near the damn with a down rigger and some cowbells or beercans with a spoon and crawler trailing behind.

Hauser: Fishing is still quite productive despite the warm weather and rec boaters out there. Late afternoon shallows along the shoreline has been very productive.  We’d recommend throwing some floating jigs tipped with a leech or even a few spinners tipped with a worm.  The fish have been biting so make sure you get out there and get a “Fish On!” The water has had some blue algae clusters so be careful and avoid getting into water until it clears up.

Missouri River:  Waterflows are holding nicely just under 5,000 cfs, making wading ideal. Mornings are seeing a ton of risers and Trico hatch continues to be amazing making dry fly fishing in August awesome! For you dry fly guys bring your Tricos, they are the hot ticket right now, and some small Caddis patterns. Tricos in the mornings, a few terrestrials (hoppers, ants, etc) during midday and Caddis in the evenings.  For nymphs bring some Zebra midges, San Juans, and some rubber legs—don’t hesitate to fish a small dropper too. Fishing the Mo on an August morning is a great way to start off the day as summer starts to make the turn to fall, so get out here while the fishing is good and the days are long!