Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 3.4.13
By angelamontana

Posted: March 4, 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 producing fish around the Silos, Beaver Creek Bay, Goose Bay and Confederate at shallow depths using light colored marabou jigs or ice flies tipped with worms.  Yellow perch anglers are having success from Hole-in-the-Wall north to Triple Hump at depths around 60 feet of water using standard perch gear.  Walleye are occasionally caught while searching for perch throughout the reservoir.  Ice conditions have been reported at 12 to 15 inches between Pond 4 and White Earth, 10 inches at Hellgate and 7 inches on the north end of the reservoir.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is slow.  Some rainbows are being caught in open water at Riverside and the Causeway Bridge on Powerbait or egg sacks.  Perch and walleye action is slow.  Ice in the Causeway is too unstable to venture out on.  Ice at Black Sandy is becoming too unstable as well.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbow fishing is good at Gates of the Mountains from both shore and boat.  Trolling orange crankbaits or using egg sacks from shore has lead to good catches.  Ice around Log Gulch, Black Beach and Holter Lake Ramp has become unstable and should not be accessed.  Perch and walleye fishing is slow.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing is very good.  The kokanee are being caught from 6 feet deep to the bottom on green or pink ice jigs tipped with maggots or corn.  A few perch are being caught in shallow water. There is 11 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

(Report by Adam Strainer and Troy Humphrey – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

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