Helena Area Reservoir Fishing Report for the Week of 5.6.13
By angelamontana

Posted: May 6, 2013
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Canyon Ferry: Rainbow trout are cruising shorelines throughout the reservoir and fish, especially on the north end. Shoreline anglers are doing well at most access points using worms and/or marshmallows, spoons or various bead head nymph patterns. Boat anglers have had some success tolling cowbells tipped with worms or crankbaits in 5 to 25 feet of water. Walleye anglers have are starting to catch fish throughout the south end of the reservoir. Trolling shallow with crankbaits (pink, orange, perch colored or green) or worm harnesses has produced the best bite. No report for perch or ling. Use caution at south end boat ramps as the reservoir is below normal drawdown levels in preparation for spring runoff. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Some rainbows are being caught at the Causeway Bridge and Riverside from shore while using egg sacks, marshmallows or worms. Boat anglers are finding rainbows while trolling cowbells in the Causeway Arm and around Riverside. Lake Helena walleye fishing is good with the best results occurring while trolling dark colored crankbaits or using bottom bouncers with a worm. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Good rainbow fishing can be found while trolling cowbells tipped with a worm throughout the reservoir. Shore action is fair around Departure Point and Log Gulch while using marshmallows, worms or lime and orange Powerbait. Walleye fishing is slow. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

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