Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 8.5.13
By angelamontana

Posted: August 5, 2013

Canyon Ferry: Fish are moving deeper with sustained warm water temperatures. Rainbow trout are being caught mid-reservoir to the Dam trolling attractors, tipped with worms, at depths around 25 feet or by using worms and/or marshmallows from shore. The walleye bite has slowed a bit, but fishing has been consistent throughout the reservoir. The south end and mid-reservoir worm harnesses, crank and slow death bite continues to be the preferred tactic. Vertical jigging, in 5 to 45 feet of water, from mid reservoir to the Dam, has also been producing fish. A few large perch are being caught. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing is fair in the early morning hours while trolling cowbells and worms around White Sandy and Devil’s Elbow. The rainbows are being caught in 25 to 35 feet of water. Shore fishing for walleye at the Causeway Bridge has been productive in the evenings. Bottom bouncing with leeches or trolling crankbaits in the Causeway and around York Bridge has produced good walleye results as well. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: The rainbows have gone deep, but those trolling cowbells at 25 to 35 feet deep are finding good results in the mornings from Split Rock to Holter Dam. Shore fishing for rainbows is slow. Walleye fishing has been a bit slow with some action occurring while using worms or leeches at 10 to 20 feet deep in bays in the lower reservoir and around Holter Dam. A good perch bite is happening in these areas as well. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

(Report by Adam Strainer and Troy Humphrey – MFWP; Cover photo: lakemurray.com)

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