Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 6.17.13
By angelamontana

Posted: June 17, 2013
(photo courtesy of tagnrocky.blogspot.com)

Canyon Ferry: Some rainbow trout are being caught throughout the reservoir. Shore anglers are doing best at near the Outhouse, Chinamen’s, Confederate and at Pond 4 using worms, spinners or nymphs. Boat anglers are catching some fish tolling cowbells (tipped with worms), crankbaits or spoon variations (copper or gold) in 5 to 20 feet of water. The walleye bite is slowly picking up with anglers catching fish on the south end of the reservoir, when the weather allows, trolling mostly trolling worm harnesses at shallow depths. Jigging bay points (orange or perch colors) has also been producing walleye in 5 to 35 feet of water. Some perch are being caught while searching for walleye. Water levels are slowly coming up and all major boat launches are safe to use. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing is good around Black Sandy and Devil’s Elbow while trolling cowbells with a worm. Shore action for rainbows is slow with a few being caught at Black Sandy from while using brown or green wooly worms. Walleye fishing is picking up with fish being caught in the Causeway and around Devil’s Elbow using deep running crankbaits or Marabou jigs. The Causeway Bridge has produced a few walleye from shore while using floating jig heads with a worm. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Very good rainbow fishing can be found while trolling cowbells tipped with a worm between Split Rock and Log Gulch and Cottonwood Creek to Mann Gulch. Shore action for rainbows is slow. A few walleye are being caught while using bottom bouncers with a leech around Cottonwood Creek and the bays around the dam. Perch are being caught on worms in 12 to 18 feet of water from the Oxbow Bend area to Mann Gulch. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

(Post by Adam Strainer and Troy Humphrey of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)
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