Rainbows are Bitin’ in the Helena Area Reservoir’s Fishing Report
By Kelsey

Posted: October 1, 2012

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout continue to bite from mid reservoir to the south end.  Boat anglers are doing well in 5 to 20 feet with cranks (silver, red and green) or cowbells tipped with crawlers.  Shoreline anglers are catching fish from Pond 4 to Goose Bay using worms and/or marshmallows.   Walleye fishing has picked up.  Vertical jigging on the north end, from Cemetery Island to Avalanche Bay, and tolling worm harnesses and cranks, from the south end ponds to mid reservoir (Beaver Creek Bay to Confederate Bay), has produced the best bite.  Silver, copper or perch colored gear is working the best. The yellow perch bite has also picked up throughout the reservoir.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  The rainbow bite has been consistent from both shore and boat.  Shore anglers are catching rainbows at the Causeway Bridge, Black Sandy and York Bridge on worms or Powerbait.  Trolling cowbells around Black Sandy has produced good results for rainbows.  A few walleye are being caught near Riverside and 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 10 to 15 feet deep from the Oxbow to Holter Dam.  A few rainbows have been caught from shore at Departure Point and Holter Campground while using worms or Powerbait.  Walleye and Perch fishing are slow.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

This report is given by Adam Strainer of Fish, Wildlife and Parks — Helena Dept.