Rainbows are still biting in the Helena Reservoirs Montana Fishing Report
By Kelsey

Posted: October 9, 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:  Rainbow fishing is good from both shore and boat.  Shore anglers are catching rainbows at the Causeway Bridge on worms or Marshmallows.  Trolling cowbells or silver crankbaits around Black Sandy has produced good results for rainbows as well.  Walleye and perch fishing are slow.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbow fishing is very good while trolling cowbells or perch rapalas at 10 to 15 feet deep from the Oxbow to Holter Dam.  Shore fishing for rainbows has been good as well around Departure Point while using worms or Powerbait.  Walleye and Perch fishing are slow.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena