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Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 2.8.21
By angelamontana

Posted: February 8, 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 for fishing or any other recreation.

Canyon Ferry Fishing: Most of the reservoir has unstable ice or open water except for bays and from Confederate south to the Ponds. Fishing is slow around Hole in the Wall, Silos and the Ponds. Duck Creek seems to be the only spot that is consistently producing fish with rainbow trout and perch being caught as well as an occasional walleye and burbot. Most action is occurring in 30 feet of water while using pink, red or green jigs or lures tipped with a worm. Ice conditions have been reported as a consistent 8 to 10 inches from Hole in the Wall to the Silos and around the Ponds. Duck Creek has 10 inches of ice. Use caution with ATVs around the Hole in the Wall pressure ridge. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser Fishing: Rainbows are still on the bite around the Causeway area. Anglers are using various colored jigs tipped with maggots or crawlers 6 to 8 feet below the ice. Anglers venturing out into the Causeway Arm and around the Powerlines are finding as occasional walleye, perch and burbot while jigging with ice jigs near the bottom in around 25 feet of water. Anglers out on Lake Helena are finding some nice size perch. 8 inches of ice has been reported around the Causeway. Lake Helena and Black Sandy area have between 6 and 8 inches of ice.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter Fishing: Most of the reservoir still has unstable ice.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir Fishing: Most Kokanee were picked up between 8 and 35 feet of water over the weekend. Most anglers have been using multi-colored Hali or Swedish Pimple type ice jigs and maggots or corn. Most perch have been found between 20 and 30 feet of water while using the same equipment near the bottom. 10 to 12 inches of ice has been reported.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena