Walleye Fishing Is Picking Up in the Helena Area Reservoirs Report
By Kjel

Posted: June 18, 2012

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout fishing remains consistent throughout the reservoir.  Shoreline anglers are doing well reservoir-wide using worms and/or marshmallows or fly fishing gear.  Boat anglers are having success around Cemetery Island, Avalanche Bay and Goose Bay trolling cowbells or crank baits.  Walleye fishing is really picking up as water temperatures stabilize in the low to mid 60’s.  Most of the action continues to be on the south end from Confederate Bay around to Hole-in-the-Wall and everything in between.  Trolling worm harnesses tipped with worms or leeches and vertical jigging has produced the most fish.  Anglers are targeting fish in depths ranging from 8 to 25 feet of water.  A few yellow perch are being picked up while searching for walleye.  No report for ling.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbows are still being caught while trolling cowbells tipped with a worm around Black Sandy, White Sandy and Devil’s Elbow.  Shore fishing for rainbows is slow. Walleye fishing is picking up in the Causeway while using jigs and leeches. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbows are still being caught around Holter Dam while trolling cowbells tipped with a worm 15 to 20 feet deep. A few rainbows are being caught from shore at the Holter Lake Campground area on worms or Powerbait.  Walleye fishing is continually improving with the best action occurring around Split Rock and Cottonwood Creek.  Bottom bouncing with leeches in 5 to 15 feet of water has been working the best.  An occasional perch is being caught as well.

Adam Strainer
Fisheries Technician
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Helena Area Resource Office
930 Custer Ave. W.
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 495-3263
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