Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 8.19.13
By angelamontana

Posted: August 19, 2013

Canyon Ferry: Good fishing remains the story throughout the reservoir as summer draws to a close. Rainbows are mostly being caught mid-reservoir to the Dam trolling attractors, tipped with worms, at depths at or below 20 feet. Some shoreline anglers are catching rainbows using worms or spoons. Walleye are being caught throughout the south end and mid-reservoir areas using a worm harnesses or slow-death rig, at varying depths, but most fish are moving deeper. Using jigs over shelf transitions and bay points, from mid reservoir to the Dam, continues to produce fish. Some yellow perch are being caught throughout the reservoir. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing is fair in the morning hours while trolling cowbells or brass spoons between White Sandy and York Bridge. The rainbows are being caught in 25 to 35 feet of water. A few rainbows are being caught from shore at Black Sandy on Powerbait. Walleye fishing has slowed down with a few being caught in the Causeway and Spokane Bay while using a jig tipped with a worm. A few walleye have been caught from shore at the Causeway Bridge on jigs. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Rainbows are being caught at night around Split Rock while jigging green or pink jigs tipped with a worm. A few have been caught while trolling cowbells at 25 to 35 feet deep in the early mornings from Split Rock to Holter Dam. Shore fishing for rainbows is slow with a few being caught on Powerbait. Walleye fishing has been inconsistent with the best results happening in the smaller bays by the dam while using jigs. The perch action still continues to be good around the weedbeds with some nice size fish mixed in with a lot of small ones. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

(Report by Adam Strainer and Troy Humphrey – Montana FWP; Cover Photo: oregonzoo.org)