Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 5.20.13
By angelamontana

Posted: May 20, 2013
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Canyon Ferry: The spring rainbow trout spawn is slowing down a bit, but some fish continue to cruise shorelines throughout the reservoir. Shore anglers are doing well at most access points, especially Chainmen’s, the Outhouse and Confederate using worms, spoons or bead head nymphs. Boat anglers are doing fair by tolling cowbells (tipped with worms), crankbaits or spoons in 5 to 30 feet of water. Walleye anglers are catching fish when the weather allows throughout the south end of the reservoir. Trolling shallow with crankbaits or worm harnesses is producing the most fish. No report for yellow perch or ling. Use caution at boat ramps throughout the reservoir as water levels are low in preparation for spring runoff. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Some rainbows are being caught at York Bridge and Riverside from shore while using marshmallows or worms. Boat anglers are finding rainbows while trolling cowbells or rapalas around Devil’s Elbow, Riverside and Black Sandy. Lake Helena walleye fishing is slow with only a few being caught. Hauser walleye and perch fishing is slow. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Good rainbow fishing can be found while trolling cowbells tipped with a worm, Little Cleo’s or Triple Teasers around Split Rock and Cottonwood Creek. Shore action is fair around Departure Point and Log Gulch while using Powerbait or worms. An occasional walleye or perch is being caught while using bottom bouncers. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

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