Helena Area Reservoir Fishing Report for the Week of 7.15.13
By angelamontana

Posted: July 17, 2013

Canyon Ferry: A few rainbow trout continue to be caught near the Dam, around Cemetery Island and mid reservoir trolling attractors, tipped with worms, or using worms from shore. The walleye bite has been very good with consistent weather patterns and warmer water temperatures. Fish the south end of the reservoir by trolling worm harnesses, cranks or slow death rigs and try jigging bay points (orange or perch colors), in 5 to 45 feet of water, from mid reservoir to the Dam. A few perch are being caught. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing has slowed down with some action happening around Black Sandy and White Sandy while trolling cowbells 20 to 25 feet deep. Shore fishing for rainbows is slow. Walleye fishing is good in the Causeway especially around submerged points. The best walleye action has been while using bottom bouncers or jigs tipped with a worm or leech. The Causeway Bridge area has produced a few walleye from shore while using jigs tipped with a leech or worm. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Rainbow fishing is fair in the lower reservoir from Split Rock to Holter Dam while trolling cowbells tipped with a worm 20 to 25 feet deep in the mornings. Shore fishing for rainbows is slow. Walleye fishing is good throughout the reservoir with the best action occurring around Split Rock, Cottonwood Creek and the Sleeping Giant area. Using jigs or bottom bouncing has been equally productive in 10 to 15 feet of water. Some perch are being caught in these areas as well. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

(Report by Adam Strainer and Troy Humphrey; Cover photo: fotopedia.com)