Helena area reservoirs fishing report for the week of 01/11/2021
By angelamontana

Posted: January 11, 2021

Canyon Ferry: Most of the reservoir is open water except for bays and from Confederate south to the Ponds. A few rainbow trout are being caught through the ice from Broadwater Bay south to the Ponds using light colored jigs tipped with various baits. North of the Silos and around Hole in the wall anglers are catching perch more out towards the middle of the reservoir. The perch are biting on pink and white jigs tipped with worms or maggots in deeper water. Ice conditions have been reported as a consistent 6 to 10 inches from Hole in the Wall to the Ponds, including out in the middle in deeper water.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Some nice rainbows are being picked up around the Causeway area. Anglers are using various colored jigs tipped with maggots or crawlers throughout the day. Fishing 6 to 8 feet below the ice is working well. 3 to 6 inches of ice has been reported around the Causeway. Lake Helena ice has been reported at 4 to 8 inches. An occasional walleye and burbot are being caught on Lake Helena during the night while using tip ups and smelt for bait.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter:  No Ice Report.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee action slowed down a bit over the weekend however anglers are still catching them here and there. Most are being picked up in 25 to 30 feet of water while using pink and green Hali or Swedish Pimple type ice jigs and maggots or corn. A few perch and an occasional burbot are also being picked up with similar tackle while fishing just off the bottom. 6 to 8 inches of ice has been reported.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena