Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 3.11.19
By angelamontana

Posted: March 11, 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 are being caught near shore on the south end of the reservoir using pink or white ice jigs and flies tipped with maggots. Yellow perch and walleye are being caught in 30 to 40 feet of water around Hole-in-the-Wall using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots. Ice conditions have been reported at 20 to 24 inches from south end of the reservoir to Confederate Bay and 14 inches near the dam.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Fishing continues to be slow.  A few rainbows are being caught in the Causeway on jigs and maggots or worms.   An occasional perch is being caught at Black Sandy on jigs and maggots or worms. The ice in the Causeway is 6 to 12 inches and Black Sandy has 14 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Perch fishing is inconsistent with a few being caught in the area between he Prairie Dog Town and Indian Trail in 35 to 50 feet of water on jigs tipped with maggots.  Rainbows are moving in to shallower water and are being caught in bays in 6 to 8 feet of water.  Holter has 12 to 16 inches of ice with a combination of slush and snow on top.   Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee action is very 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.  A few small perch are being caught just off the bottom in 15 to 25 feet of water throughout the reservoir.  There is 14 to 16 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena