Kokanee fishing is RED HOT on Helena Reservoir
By Matt Schauer

Posted: March 5, 2012

Helena Area Reservoir’s Fishing Report for the week of 3/5/2012

Canyon Ferry: Rainbow trout fishing continued to be very good from Pond 4 to the north end of the Silos. Black, green or pink jigs, tipped with maggots or worms, are working best in 6 to 12 feet of water. The yellow perch bite has slowed down, but some fish are being caught out from Confederate Bay. Swedish Pimples, Hali Jigs and Glo Hooks, tipped with maggots or perch eyes, are working best in 50 to 60 feet of water. A few walleye and ling are being caught throughout the reservoir. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing is good in open water areas at the Causeway Bridge and by York Bridge while using worms or egg sacks. Rainbow action is slow in the Causeway and at Black Sandy through the ice. A few are being caught on spawn sacks or green ice jigs tipped with maggots or a worm. Ice at the Causeway is 8 inches thick while Black Sandy has 8-10 inches. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Anglers are catching some rainbows from shore and boat in the Gates of the Mountains area. The lower reservoir is still ice covered, but too unstable to access. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing is red hot with black, orange or pink ice jigs tipped with a maggot or corn. The kokanee are being caught in 25 to 35 feet of water. Ice is 12-14 inches thick. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

This report comes from Adam Strainer, Fisheries Technician, with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.


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