Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 2.19.19
By angelamontana

Posted: February 19, 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 FerryRainbow trout continue to be caught near shore on the south end of the reservoir using ice jigs and flies tipped with worms or maggots. Yellow perch, and a few walleye, are being caught in 35 feet of water out from Hole-in-the-Wall using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots. Ice conditions have been reported at 14 to 16 inches from south end of the reservoir to Confederate Bay and 10 inches near the dam.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser:  Fishing continues to be slow for all species.  A few rainbows are being caught in the Causeway on jigs and maggots or worms and fished 6 feet below the ice.   Rainbows are being caught from shore below Canyon Ferry Dam on worms.  A few perch and an occasional walleye are being caught at the Causeway under the powerlines.   The ice in the Causeway is 6 to 12 inches and Black Sandy has 12 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Holter:  The perch bite is inconsistent with some anglers doing well around the Prairie Dog Town or Indian Trail areas in 40 to 50 feet of water.  An occasional rainbow is being caught as well. Holter has 10 inches of ice with a combination of slush and snow on top.   Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee action is slow with a few being caught 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 consistently just off the bottom in 15 to 25 feet of water throughout the reservoir.  There is 14 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena