Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 8.19.19
By angelamontana

Posted: August 19, 2019

Canyon Ferry:  Shore fishing for all species continues to be slow.   Trolling bottom bouncers with a slow-death rig or with chartreuse, purple or pink spinners and tipped with a worm or leech in 10-20 feet of water continues to work well for walleye with an occasional perch being caught as well.  The best action is occurring around White Earth, Duck Creek and the ponds.  A few rainbows are showing up while trolling rapalas in 40 feet of water.  A few smallmouth bass are being caught close to shore on crawdad colored jigs from Yacht Basin to the dam. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Shore fishing for rainbows has been slow. A few rainbows are being picked up trolling cowbells tipped with crawlers about 4-5 colors down.  Walleyes are being caught in the Causeway arm and around York Bridge using jigs tipped with leeches. Some nice perch are also being caught from shore at the Causeway Bridge with worms.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter:  A few rainbows are starting to show up night fishing along the cliffs from Black Beach to Split Rock. Walleye are being caught near Mann Gulch and Cottonwood Creek using bottom bouncers or jigs and leeches. Jigging around weed beds and clay banks in 15 to 22 feet of water is also producing a few walleye and perch.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena