Fair Fishing in the Helena Area Reservoirs Report
By Kjel

Posted: April 24, 2012

Canyon Ferry: Rainbow trout are cruising the shorelines and fishing is fair across the reservoir. Shoreline anglers are doing well at traditional locations near the dam using worms or various bead head nymph patterns. Boat anglers are having success trolling crankbaits (various colors) and pitching jigs. Walleye fishing is just starting to pick up on Canyon Ferry. Successful anglers are trolling worm-harnesses, tipped with worms or leeches, in shallow from Confederate Bay around to Hole-in-the-wall on the south end of the reservoir. No report for yellow perch or ling. Also, due to spring runoff, be cautious of large woody debris throughout the reservoir.

Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing is fair around White Sandy and the Causeway while trolling cowbells tipped with a worm. A few rainbows and walleye are being caught from shore below Canyon Ferry Dam while using worms or Powerbait. Lake Helena is producing walleye for anglers trolling perch colored or gold/silver colored crankbaits. Bottom bouncers tipped with a worm or leech is producing some good results as well. The Causeway Bridge is producing a few walleye from shore at night. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Good rainbow fishing can be found from both shore and boat. Boat anglers are doing well on gold/silver crankbaits, Rock ‘N Rolls or Thomas Lures from Split Rock to Holter Dam. Shore anglers are doing well around Holter Lake Ramp, Log Gulch and Black Beach while using flies, San Juan worms or egg patterns. Walleye fishing is slow. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena


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