Helena Area Reservoirs Ice Fishing Report for Week of 1-28-13
By angelamontana

Posted: January 28, 2013

Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable on the reservoirs.  Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support a vehicle to open water.  Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice.

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout anglers are starting to pick up more fish throughout the reservoir.    Trout are being caught on the southern half of the reservoir at shallow depths near the Silos, Confederate Bay and Goose Bay using mostly dark colored jigs or ice flies tipped with worms. North end rainbow trout anglers are doing well at Shannon, Chinamens and Magpie Bay using Swedish pimples and ice flies tipped with worms.  Yellow perch continue to be caught in 40-plus feet of water between Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek Bay using standard gear.  An Ice conditions have been reported at 14 to 16-inches between Pond 4 and Confederate Bay, 12 to 14-inches near White Earth and 8 to 11-inches on the north end of the reservoir.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbows are being caught at the Causeway on ice flies and jigs tipped with maggots or worms.  The best action has been 4 to 6 feet below the ice in 10 to 15 feet of water.  Ling are being caught at night around Riverside and Black Sandy while fishing with worms or sucker meat.  Perch and walleye action is slow.  The Causeway has 10-12 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbow fishing continues to be slow with a few being caught around Log Gulch and Departure Point while using jigs and worms.  Ling are being caught at night around Log Gulch while using sucker meat.  Log Gulch has 5-6 inches of ice.  Perch and walleye fishing is slow.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing is very good.  The kokanee are being caught 15-25 feet deep on pink or chartreuse ice jigs tipped with maggots.  Perch fishing is slow, but a few are being caught in 10 feet of water.  There is 15 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Above report by Adam Strainer and Troy Humphrey of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

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