Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 2.22.21
By angelamontana

Posted: February 22, 2021

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 Ferry:  Rainbows are being caught from Hole in the Wall to south of the Silos while using pink, orange or silver jigs or spoons and worms.  A few walleye and perch are being caught out from Hole in the Wall, but the best action continues to be at Duck Creek.  White and chartreuse with a worm seem to be the color and bait of choice for both perch and walleye.  Ice conditions have been reported as a consistent 16 to 20 inches from Hole in the Wall to the Silos and around the Ponds.  Duck Creek has 20 inches of ice. Use caution with ATVs around the Hole in the Wall and Duck Creek pressure ridges. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: The Causeway area has been popular for anglers seeking out rainbows. Most are using various colored jigs tipped with maggots or crawlers 5-10 feet below the ice. A few burbot and an occasional walleye are being caught around Black Sandy while using cut bait or jigging lures near the bottom. Anglers out on Lake Helena are finding a few large perch here and there while using small ice jigs and maggots. 10 to 12 inches of ice has been reported.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: Some nice rainbows are being picked up near the shorelines at the Gates of the Mountains and near boat ramps on the lower end of the reservoir. Most are being caught while using wooly buggers or small jigs with maggots around 10 feet below the ice. Green, orange and pink have been popular colors for jigs and ice flies. Perch fishing was fantastic over the weekend. Most are being picked up around the Prairie Dog Town and the Indian Trail area with Hali or Swedish Pimple type jigs and maggots in 40 to 55 feet of water. 8 to 14 inches of ice has been reported.   Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: The Kokanee picked up over the weekend. Most fish were showing up between 30 and 45 feet of water. Using multi-colored Hali or Swedish Pimple type ice jigs and maggots or corn has been working well. A few small perch have been found between 10 and 35 feet of water while using the same equipment near the bottom. 10-14 inches of ice has been reported.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena