Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report
By Kjel

Posted: February 6, 2012

Canyon Ferry: The rainbow trout bite continues to be good between the Silos and Pond 4 using various colors of jigs or ice flies, tipped with worms or maggots, in 2 to 13 feet of water. The yellow perch bite has slowed a bit, but successful anglers are doing well between Duck Creek and Hole-in-the-Wall. Hali Jig’s and Swedish Pimple’s, tipped with maggots or worms and fished in 35 to 50 feet of water, continue to be the preferred angling method. The early morning hours seems to be producing the best bite overall for all species. A few walleye are being caught throughout the reservoir. No report for ling. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing is slow from shore below Canyon Ferry Dam. Rainbow fishing is fair through the ice at the Causeway while using pink jigs tipped with maggots or a worm. Ice at the Causeway is 10 inches thick while Black Sandy has 4-5 inches. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: The ice is still too unstable to go out on. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing is very good with Glo Hooks and orange or green ice jigs tipped with a maggot or corn at 10 to 30 feet deep. There is 12-14 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

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.

Troy Humphrey, Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks, 930 Custer Avenue West, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620


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