Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 10.5.20
By angelamontana

Posted: October 5, 2020

Canyon Ferry:  Walleye action picked up this past weekend with the best results being while slowly trolling bottom bouncers, Lindy or Slow Death rigs along the west shore from Hole-in-the-wall to Pond 4 in 15 to 25 feet of water.  A few perch are being caught along with the walleye.  Rainbows are being caught on green crankbaits or vertical jigging with a worm.  Shore fishing is producing a few walleye, perch and rainbows at the Silos and around the Shannon boat ramp on nightcrawlers in the morning or evening hours. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser Rainbow and walleye action has picked up over the last week. Most rainbow anglers are doing well around White Sandy and Black Sandy while out trolling cowbells with wedding rings. Shore anglers are also picking up a few rainbows around Black Sandy and the Causeway Bridge with plain crawlers and marshmallows or rainbow colored power bait.  Most walleye anglers are pitching jigs in 10-15 feet of water around Black Sandy/White Sandy. Anglers are also finding some walleye during the late evenings at the Causeway Bridge. Floating jigs and leeches/crawlers are working well.   Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbows action has been great lately. Most fish were picked up on the lower end of the reservoir from Split Rock to Black Beach and Juniper Bay. Boat anglers trolling dark colored crankbaits have been doing well. Rainbow anglers are also picking up some nice fish from shore at Departure Point and Lake Lodge with crawlers and power bait. Perch action is still pretty good. Anglers pitching jigs around Cottonwood Creek Bay, the clay banks and Holter Lake Campground docks in 12-20 feet of water have been catching most. Small green, orange or black jigs tipped with crawlers are popular choices.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  The snagging season for Kokanee Salmon opened on September 1st and will run through October 31st.  Limits are 35 salmon daily with 70 in possession. The canal has been shut off as of October 1st. Anglers snagging for Kokanee will be inside the reservoir through the rest of the month.   Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena