Helena Area Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 7.19.13
By angelamontana

Posted: July 19, 2013


Terrestrials should be getting going and should be in your fly box no matter where you’re at. We’d recommend parachute ants (size 14-16), black beetles (14-16), and hoppers will not be in full bloom until later this month.

Missouri River:

The fish are rising and dry fly fishing is pretty solid. We recommend to try throwing caddis at risers; we have had some solid reports. Hoppers are starting to take off, so you can also try to throw some yellow belly hoppers with a Prince nymph or olive bead head stone dropper.

Canyon Ferry:

Floating jig heads tipped with garlic marshmallows or leeches have been working pretty well with Rainbows. If you can troll for trout cowbells, as always, are the ticket. If you are trolling for walleye try pulling a perch or firetiger Rapala Shad rap.

Lake Helena:

The walleye fishing has slowed down a little but trolling flashy Raplas will still land some fish, especially in metallic colors or firetiger. We’d also recommend throwing some floating jig heads tipped with leeches.

Boulder River:

Water is running lower but doesn’t seem to be affecting the fish. We’d recommend throwing caddis with a prince nymph dropper. You might also try throwing some terrestrial patterns like ants or beetles. The river seems to be fishing its best early morning and late evening.

Holter Lake:

Once again, trolling is the ticket here. Deep diving jointed shad raps in Rainbow color, Perch, or Firetiger have been the ticket. Wedding rings tipped with leeches are always a good bet if the crankbaits are getting any strikes. As far as shore fishing goes, try throwing worms tipped with marshmallows or power bait in orange or pink.

Spring Meadow Lake:

We’d recommend sticking to a good old fashion worm or to try throwing jig head tipped with a Berkley gulp minnow and you should do pretty well with the large mouths. Trolling any jointed Rapalas in minnow or baby bass color will work well with trout.

(Report by Ryan Corwin – Bob Ward and Sons; Cover photo: fishinginsrilanka.com)