Bob Wards Helena Recreation Reports 8/16/14
By Kamp Cook

Posted: August 16, 2014

Find out the latest hunting and fishing news in the Helena area, from our friends at Bob Wards.

Helena Rec Report 8-15-14



Archery season is almost upon us so if you’re in need of a bow, arrows, camo, scents, or other archery equipment swing on in and let us help gear you up.

This weekend marks the opening of 900 series Antelope so get your archery gear now.



Canyon Ferry Lake: Rainbow trout are being caught by boat anglers near the Dam, around Cemetery Island and mid reservoir trolling attractors/flashers, tipped with worms.  The walleye fishing has been pretty good throughout the reservoir, but with this recent change in weather, all bets are off.  Worms & leeches in 20 to 25 feet of water trolling with worm harness may prove productive. Try jigging in 5 to 45 feet of water, from mid reservoir to the Dam. For walleye, try a little deeper this time of year, but don’t overlook the shallow south end as it continues to produce fish.


Missouri River: The flow is still around 3,000 cfs, not bad for this time of the year, water temp in the 60’s. It’s August and it’s been hot! Needless to say the fishing has slowed down and it’s tough out there right now.


Dry flies are still working in the mornings. Caddis in the evenings and terrestrials throughout the day. Hoppers are so-so right now, ants and beetles are a better choice.


Please keep in mind this time of the year, it’s not uncommon for FWP to put Hoot Owl restrictions on some of the rivers and streams. Currently, the Dearborn, Smith and Sun rivers are under restriction. You can keep up to date on this by visiting the FWP website at

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