Summer 2012 Helena area fishing report provided by Troy Humphrey and Adam Strainer from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Canyon Ferry: The rainbow trout is picking up throughout the reservoir. Boat anglers are doing well from White Earth to the dam trolling at 10 to 20 feet with cranks (green, orange and silver) or cowbells tipped with worms. Shoreline anglers are catching fish at the Silos and Pond 4 using marshmallows and worms. Walleye fishing has been good. Vertical jigging on the north end, near Magpie Bay and Cemetery Island, and tolling worm harnesses and cranks, from the south end ponds to mid reservoir (Goose Bay to Confederate), has produced the best bite. Silver or perch colored gear is working the best. Nice yellow perch continue to be caught throughout the reservoir. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser: Rainbow fishing is picking up from both shore and boat. Shore anglers are catching rainbows at the Causeway Bridge and Riverside on worms. Trolling cowbells near Devil’s Elbow and Black Sandy has landed some nice rainbow catches. A few walleye are being caught in the Causeway on jigs tipped with a worm. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Holter: Rainbow fishing is very good while trolling cowbells or crankbaits at 5 to 15 feet deep from the Oxbow to Holter Dam. Shore fishing for rainbows has been productive as well around Departure Point and Holter Campground while using worms or Powerbait. Walleye and perch fishing are slow. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena