Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 9.14.20
By angelamontana

Posted: September 14, 2020

Canyon Ferry:  Walleye action has slowed up a bit, but anglers are still getting into fish while using bottom bouncers, perch colored crankbaits or jigs in 15 to 30 feet of water around White Earth and Snaggy Bay.  Walleye are also being caught from Duck Creek to Pond 1 in 10 to 15 feet of water.  Some walleye, perch and rainbows are being caught at the north point of the Silos and Pond 4 from shore on worms. Rainbow fishing is improving with the best action being while trolling crankbaits, spoons or cowbells 20 feet deep on the north end and from White Earth north along the west shoreline.  Rainbows are also being caught from shore at Court Sheriff and Chinamens on worms or Powerbait.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser Rainbow action has picked up over the last week. Most are being picked up around White Sandy and Black Sandy while out trolling cowbells with wedding rings 10-20 feet down in the water column. Shore anglers are also picking up a few rainbows around Black Sandy and the Causeway Bridge as well with plain crawlers and marshmallows. Very few walleye and perch were seen over the weekend and a lot of folks were just out boating and having a good time.   Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

HolterRainbows fishing has picked up recently and fly anglers are picking them up while out in float tubes near Gates of the Mountains. Small nymphs with an indicator has been working well if your able to place your fly in between the nearby vegetation. Anglers trolling crankbaits from Black Beach to Split Rock are picking up some nice rainbow trout. Rainbow anglers are also picking up some nice fish from shore at the BLM boat ramp, and Departure Point with crawlers and power bait. Perch action is still pretty good. Anglers are doing well in the canyon around Mann Gulch and near Cottonwood Creek. Pitching jigs around weed beds in 12-20 feet of water is working well. Small green and black jigs tipped with crawlers are working well. Walleye fishing was slow over the weekend with a lot of folks just out recreating.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  The snagging season for Kokanee Salmon opens on September 1st and will run through October 31st.  Limits are 35 salmon daily with 70 in possession. Anglers are starting to pick up quite a few fish and the action should continue to get better throughout the month.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena