Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (4.11.14)
By angelamontana

Posted: April 11, 2014


  • Mountain Lion (w/ Hounds) season continues until April 14th.
  • This weekend (April 12th) marks the start of spring turkey.
  • Spring black bear opens April 15th. Gear up!
  • Be sure to pick up your regulations for moose, goat and sheep. There are lots of changes this year so look them over closely.


Canyon Ferry Lake: Fishing is taking off.  Trout are spawning try fishing from Yacht Basin to the dam or at Chinaman’s or Shanon.  Try throwing a gold Cyclone ¾ oz. or some egg sacks and try to pull them through the beds.  The walleye fishing is pretty solid dam since the perch have been washed near the dam.  Though the water is murky try throwing some Perch colored Rapalas or maribou jigs in olive and black.

Missouri River: Water flows are still high but have remained consistent, this should have allowed the fish to get back into their normal diet.  Below the dam at Canyon Ferry is the ticket right now.  Great Perch and Walleye fishing, at least the eagles seem to be getting well fed.  For trout, try fishing the York Bridge at the mouth of Trout Creek.  The creek itself isn’t open yet but you should do pretty well at the mouth.  There have been some pelicans hanging around York Bridge which is always a good sign.  We recommend throwing some spoons or egg sacks, which have been getting some decent hits.  For fly fisherman, try throwing some Pink Ray Charles or UV San Juan worms.

(Report by Ryan Corwin-Bob Ward & Sons)