Helena Area Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 8.23.13
By angelamontana

Posted: August 23, 2013

Terrestrials are in full swing and should be in your fly box no matter where you’re at. We’d recommend Para Caddis Tans and hoppers.

Missouri River:

The Missouri is still fishing well. The fish are getting a bit pickier, but the smaller flies (about size 20-22 in a Zebra Midge or Copper John are producing some fish mid-day but best time is early morning or late evening for these fish. Pitching Rooster-tails in a Rainbow or Brown color has been working throughout the day.

Canyon Ferry:

Floating jig heads tipped with a worm has been producing some beautiful rainbows. For Walleye, try using a deep diving Rapala in a Perch or Minnow color, especially effective in the early mornings and evenings. You can also try fishing some Cowbells and a worm about 20-40’ for Rainbows.

Hauser Lake and below Hauser dam:

Cowbells are still producing Rainbows; gold colors seem to be getting hits regularly. Walleyes are getting pickier by the day but still catch-able. Trolling Rapala in a Shad or Jointed deep diving minnow patterns is a great approach. Below the dam, casting Perch colored Rapala has been fishing very well.

Boulder River:

Anything resembling a Stone fly pattern in Olive or Dark Brown is producing large amounts of Rainbows. You’ll find the Browns in deeper holes, in faster moving water. Small Rooster-tails in size 1/8 oz is working wonders if you prefer spin casting.

Big Blackfoot River:

The big black is fishing well. Gold Mepps spinners were really getting some bites. If you’re fly fishing, try using small ants or mosquitoes or small midges are all working pretty consistently.

Prickly Pear:

Water levels are a bit low but the fish are still biting. Try using a hopper dropped with a bead-headed nymph. We also had some stone flies in yellow or olive getting some bites in some of the deeper holes.

(Report by Ryan Corwin of Bob Ward and Sons; Cover Photo: mysticwaters.com)

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