Helena Area Reservoir Fishing Report for the Week of 9.30.13
By angelamontana

Posted: September 30, 2013

Canyon Ferry: Rainbow trout are being caught throughout the reservoir using cowbells or other attractors, tipped with worms, at depths primarily around 20 feet. Shoreline anglers are catching a few using worms and/or Powerbait. Fall walleye fishing is in full swing and fish are being caught throughout the south end and mid-reservoir areas using slow-death rigs, worm harnesses or crankbaits. Yellow perch are being caught throughout the reservoir while searching for walleye and shoreline anglers are also catching fish near the Silos. The current reservoir level has made some boat launches inaccessible, so please proceed with caution. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: The rainbow bite has been consistent from both shore and boat. Shore anglers are catching rainbows at the Causeway Bridge, Black Sandy and York Bridge on worms or Powerbait. Trolling cowbells around Black Sandy has produced good results for rainbows. A few walleye are being caught near Riverside and in the Causeway on jigs tipped with a worm. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Rainbow fishing is very good while trolling cowbells or crankbaits at 10 to 15 feet deep from the Oxbow to Holter Dam. A few rainbows have been caught from shore at Departure Point and Holter Campground while using worms or Powerbait. Upper Holter has produced some good rainbow results as well using flies or nymphs. The perch bite is starting to slow down with some being in the lower reservoir in 6 to 10 feet of water while using worms. A few walleye are being caught with the perch as well, but overall walleye fishing is slow. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: The snagging season for Kokanee Salmon opened on September 1st and will run through October 31st. Limits are 35 salmon daily with 70 in possession. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

(Report by Adam Strainer & Troy Humphrey – FWP; Cover photo: trouthunt.com)