Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons – 5.3.13
By angelamontana

Posted: May 3, 2013
(photo courtesy of flyspoke.blogspot.com)

Fishing The Missouri River with streamers has been spotty. Best luck in the morning with nymph rigs. Mayfly hatches are beginning by afternoon so dry flies are working well until dark. Fly variety seems to be the key as fish seem to be picky at times. Flows are low and water is clear.

At the Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir Kokanee salmon are biting well. Trolling cowbells and wedding rings tipped with maggots or white corn has produced the best action.

Trout fishing is good at Canyon Ferry. Casting marabou jigs along the rocks or at boat ramps seems to be producing the best. Stick to leech, rainbow, and perch colors. Walleyes have been spotty. Casting or trolling diving shad raps has been moderately successful, depths very 12-25 feet.

On Lake Helena, walleyes have been doing well trolling shallow shad raps. Also try jigs tipped with worms along rocky shorelines.

Casting jigs for spawning Rainbows has been successful as well as egg sacs below Canyon Ferry Dam on Hauser Reservoir.

Marabou jigs have been producing rainbows along shores and boat launches of Holter Reservoir. Kokanee are biting on cowbells and wedding rings, depths seem to vary as the weather changes.

(Report by Ryan Corwin – Bob Ward & Sons)