Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (3.28.14)

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Hunting: Spring Bear season starts April 15th and Spring Turkey starts April 12th. Mountain lion season (with hounds) ends April 14th. Please review your regulations for specific details on the areas you plan on hunting. And make sure to bring pictures down of your successful hunts and post them on are bulletin board. Fishing: Canyon […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 3.17.14

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This is the final ice fishing report of 2014 for Helena Area Reservoirs. Canyon Ferry: Rainbow trout fishing has been excellent on the south end of the reservoir using standard trout gear in less than 10 feet of water. No report for yellow perch, walleye or ling. Open water has been reported throughout the reservoir. […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons – 3.7.14

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Hunting: While grabbing your new fishing license at Bob Ward’s we can also handle your Sportsman’s licenses so you are all set-up for your applications when they roll-out.  Spring Bear season starts April 15th and Spring Turkey starts April 13th.  Mountain lion season (with hounds) ends April 14th.  Wolf season is still going on through […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (2.28.14)

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Hunting: Mountain lion season (with hounds) is in full swing and ends April 14th. Wolf season is still going on through March 15th. Spring turkey starts April 12th. Fishing: Canyon Ferry Lake ice may be thickening with this colder weather. Reports say up to 15 inches of ice on the south end by the silos […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 2.24.14

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Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable on the reservoirs. 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: The rainbow trout bite continues to be strong throughout the south end of the reservoir. Anglers are […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 2.17.14

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Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable on the reservoirs. 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: The rainbow trout bite really picked up over the past week throughout the reservoir. Successful anglers are […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 1.13.14

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Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable on the reservoirs. Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support safe access to open water. Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice. Canyon Ferry: Rainbow trout are being caught primarily between Pond 4 and the Silos using jigs or ice flies […]

LOW WATER AT CANYON FERRY WILL AFFECT ACCESS TO WATERFOWL

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BOZEMAN—With waterfowl season almost upon us, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is alerting waterfowl hunters to the extremely low water levels in the Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area duck ponds. These conditions will limit access and opportunity for waterfowl hunters. Drought conditions and lack of runoff have resulted in near record low flows in the […]

Smallmouth Bass in Canyon Ferry? Yes!

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With a potential smallmouth bass state record just caught in Fort Peck Reservoir (click HERE for that story), it is being noticed that smallmouth bass are being caught by some anglers at Canyon Ferry.  Adam Strainer, a Fisheries Technician with Montana FWP, has some information on the subject and sent us the following information: A […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 8.26.13

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Canyon Ferry: Fishing continues to be steady throughout the reservoir as summer winds down. Some rainbow trout are being caught mid-reservoir to the Dam trolling attractors, tipped with worms, at depths at or below 20 feet. Successful shoreline anglers are catching rainbows using worms or spoons. Walleye are being caught throughout the south end and […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 8.5.13

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Canyon Ferry: Fish are moving deeper with sustained warm water temperatures. Rainbow trout are being caught mid-reservoir to the Dam trolling attractors, tipped with worms, at depths around 25 feet or by using worms and/or marshmallows from shore. The walleye bite has slowed a bit, but fishing has been consistent throughout the reservoir. The south […]

Camp Mak-A-Dream Walleye Benefit at Canyon Ferry on 8.3.13

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The Camp Mak-A-Dream Walleye Benefit at Canyon Ferry is scheduled for August 3rd!  There will be a barbecue on Friday, August 2nd, from 5pm-7pm with the rules meeting at 7pm. This is a family-friendly event, and friends, families, grandparents and kids are all invited to attend! The concept was originally designed by Mark Henckel with […]

The Big Ones are Definitely Biting!

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(photos courtesy of the Captain)   On Tuesday, June 18th, the big walleye were biting at Canyon Ferry!  The Captain (pictured above with Jim Swanson of Sheridan, MT) caught himself a 22-incher while fishing the Helena-area reservoir. Steve Hellegaard is pictured below with his massive walleye which, as always, produced a massive smile!  Nice work, […]

11th Annual Canyon Ferry Carp Safari Scheduled for Saturday, June 8th

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(Photo: Angela Montana showing off catches at Canyon Ferry)   Attention archery anglers!!!  Don’t forget that this Saturday is the 11th Annual Canyon Ferry Carp Safari at Hellgate Bay, hosted by the Montana Bowhunters Association!  Although registration has ended, you will have just as much fun watching the action! Shooting starts for this family-tailored event […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 5.28.13

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(photo courtesy of mt-river-outfitters.com)   Canyon Ferry: The rainbow trout spawn has slowed down, but some fish are being caught throughout the reservoir. Shore anglers are doing best at north end access points, especially at the Outhouse and Cave Bay, using worms, spoons or bead head nymphs. Some boat anglers are doing fair tolling cowbells […]

Managing the Walleye Population at Noxon Reservoir: Captain’s Column

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Last week, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), in Region One, came out with a press release that, undoubtedly, has not been received well with walleye anglers that fish Noxon Rapid Reservoir. FWP is seeking public comment for the Investigation of Suppression of Walleye this 7500 acre reservoir in Western Montana. The reservoir currently supports […]

Still Catching on Canyon Ferry: Eastern Montana Fishing Report

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Please be advised that the realities of winter can make precarious conditions in open water or on ice. Constantly changing temperatures can cause your trip to fish and recreate turn deadly. Please use caution while on the ice and keep a watchful eye on the weather. Learn ice conditions before venturing out . Call the […]

Rainbow Trout Still Biting – Helena Montana Fishing Report

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Canyon Ferry Rainbow trout fishing continues to be good from Cemetery Island to White Earth trolling cranks (red, orange and green) or spoons (copper or silver) in 10 to 45 feet of water. Walleye fishing has been best early in the morning and late in the evening. Mid reservoir (Goose Bay to Confederate) to the […]

Good Rainbow Fishing on Holter: Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report

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Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow fishing has slowed a bit throughout the reservoir.  Mid reservoir has been best while trolling cranks (silver, red and perch colored) or spoons (copper or brass) in 10 to 40 feet of water.  Walleye fishing continues to be best early in the morning and late in the evening.  Mid reservoir, especially between […]