Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (5.9.14)
By angelamontana

Posted: May 9, 2014

Spring Turkey Season is closing May 18th. If you are still not tagged out. Here are some tips that may make a difference. Stick close to water, we have had a wet spring but they still like the water. Use friction calls because they are louder and the sound will carry further. Once you spot them try to mimic what the hens are doing. Finally, remember that persistence and patience are key to hunting turkeys.

We would love to see pictures of your trophies. Good Luck!

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: The Lake is really low. Duck pond 1 has been pretty successful for walleye fishing. The water is pretty muddy so stick to metallic or bright colored lures. Try throwing some floating jigs tipped with night crawlers or some perch or rainbow colored Rapalas. If you want to fish off the shore, the rainbows have been biting. We recommend walking the coves and throwing some leeches at carp or trout you see.

Holter Lake: Trout fishing has been picking up but so has the pressure on them. Try throwing some jigs tipped with a leech. For walleye, try throwing some wedding rings tipped with a leech or a perch colored Rapala.

Missouri River: Water flows have been slowly rising but reports haven’t changed. Below the dam at Canyon Ferry is the ticket right now. We recommend throwing some spoons or egg sacks, which have been getting some decent hits. For fly fisherman, try throwing some UV wire San Juan worms or some heavy Czech nymphs, you might want to use some split shot or weighted line to get deep. For dry flies, trying throwing some midges or Skwalas in the evenings at risers…but dry flies have been pretty inconsistent.

(Report by Ryan Corwin-Bob Ward & Sons)