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Final Summer 2018 Fishing Report for the Helena Area Reservoirs
By angelamontana

Posted: October 29, 2018

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout are being caught from shore using jigs and/or worms and bead head nymphs (fly fishing) at the Silos and Hellgate Bay. Boat anglers are catching rainbows trolling crankbaits or spoons in 5 to 25 feet of water around Goose Bay, Hellgate Bay, and near the dam.  Walleye are being caught trolling worm harnesses in 20-40 feet of water from Goose Bay/White Earth to the south end of the reservoir. No report for yellow perch.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing continues to be good for boat anglers around Black Sandy and Spokane Bay while using crankbaits or jigs with a worm.  Shore fishing is producing rainbows at the Causeway Bridge, Riverside and York Bridge on worms, Powerbait or wooly buggers.   Walleye are being caught in the Causeway and around the ElDorado dredge piles on jigs and worms.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbow fishing is good while trolling cowbells or crankbaits around Oxbow Bend and in the lower reservoir from Split Rock to the dam.  Rainbows are being caught from shore at Departure Point, Black Beach and Gates of the Mountains while using worms. Perch are being caught in 35 feet of water on jigs and a worm around Cottonwood Creek and the clay banks.  Walleye fishing is slow.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  The snagging season for Kokanee Salmon will run through October 31st.  Limits are 35 salmon daily with 70 in possession.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena