Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (5.30.14)
By angelamontana

Posted: May 30, 2014


June 2nd is the due date for deer, elk, and antelope special permits. Mark your calendars!

Don’t forget if you did not draw your dream tag you still have a chance by buying a $5 supertag.

Spring Black Bear season closes on May 31-June15th depending on the area. Make sure you know what the closing date is for your favored stomping grounds.


Canyon Ferry Lake: Trout have been consistently biting especially on the north end. For shoreline fishing try using some spawn sacs, night crawlers, or leeches. If you are out on a boat try trolling some cowbells or spoons tipped with a worm or leech. If walleye is more your speed try fishing the south end by the Silos. We’d recommend trolling some Rapalas in Perch or Firetiger patterns, crawling harnesses are also working well behind a bottom bouncer, tipped with a leech.

Missouri River: Bugs have been out…and we have had some great hatches including BWOs, some Caddis, March Browns, and some Midges. We’d recommend for nymphs throwing some wire San Juan Worms in red or pink or some pink or tan scuds, Zebra midges, or Rainbow Czech Nymphs. For dry flies try throwing some Caddis or March Browns, and of course you cannot go wrong with a Parachute Adams or Purple Haze (midge clusters and Hi-Vis BWOs are also a good idea). For bigger flies try throwing some black/olive Wooly buggers.

Paddlefish: With late May upon us Paddlefishing is about to be underway at the Intake Diversion Dam near Glendive. If you’re interested in hooking into this large fish, whose Montana record was 142 lbs., swing on in and grab your Paddlefish tag and some gear to land one of these big fish.

(Report by Ryan Corwin-Bob Ward & Sons)

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