Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 1.22.19
By angelamontana

Posted: January 22, 2019

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 early morning from Pond 4 to the Silos and out from the Shannon boat ramp near the dam.  Anglers are having success in 10 feet of water or less using pink rubber-legged jigs tipped with maggots. No report for yellow perch, but anglers typically have success this time of year in 30 to 40 feet of water between Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek Bay using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots. Ice conditions have been reported at 8 to 10 inches from south end of the reservoir to Confederate Bay and 4 inches at Shannon boat ramp.  Areas of open water exist from White Earth to the dam.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is fair in the Causeway near the road on jigs baited with maggots or worms and fished 6 feet below the ice.   A few perch and an occasional walleye are being caught at the Causeway under the powerlines with the same bait and lure combos, but they are being caught near the bottom.  The ice in the Causeway is 4 to 12 inches and Black Sandy has 6 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Still no fishable ice.   No open water fishing report.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee action continues to be good while using jigs and maggots or corn at 20 feet below the ice in 25 to 35 feet of water.  Small perch are being caught just off the bottom in 10 to 25 feet of water.  There is 11 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena