Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 6.28.13
By angelamontana

Posted: June 28, 2013

Missouri River:

The Mo is fishing great. If you’re fishing for Browns, large wooly buggers are the ticket.  If you are fishing for Rainbows, we’d recommend throwing Caddis and Prince nymphs.  Another great fly to have in your back pocket on the Mo is the Blue winged olive so don’t be afraid to throw it if all else fails.  Keep an open eye out for some PMD activity as well.


Canyon Ferry:

Rainbows are hitting cowbells with worms or streamers at about 15 feet. At the south end, try trolling cranks and live bait rigs in the shallows for Walleye. Elsewhere in the lake, jigging on rocky bars and points is the best bet.


Hauser Lake:

Rainbows are going crazy for shad colored crank baits and cowbells. Walleye fishing has been doing well with perch or gold crankbaits. At the causeway, try jigs tipped with worm or leech.


Holter Lake:

Rainbows are responding well to cowbells with worms. If your looking for some slower paced fishing try marshmallow or powerbait. Kokanee are being caught regularly with cowbells and jointed shad crank baits. Depth seems to be key so plan on adjusting until you find what is working for the day. Walleye fishing is slower depending on the day and weather. Try bottom bouncers with a worm or leech at about 20 feet. Trolling lipped crank baits is another option that has been seeing some success.


Lake Helena:

If the weather is nice and sunny, walleye are active and hitting Firetiger crankbaits, especially early mornings and late evenings.  Floating jig heads tipped with leeches have also been producing well.


Prickly Pear:

We’d recommend throwing Elk-hair Caddis, CDC Caddis, Prince nymphs and small streamers for Rainbows and Browns.  Caddis with a silver bead rainbow dropper have been the go to flies for the Prickly.

(Report by Ryan Corwin – Bob Ward and Sons; Photo: Angela Montana)

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