Helena Recreation Report Bob Ward's Sports & Outdoors

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports and Outdoors (10.24.14)
By angelamontana

Posted: October 24, 2014


Big Game General Season Opens October 25th and we can’t wait! Be sure to check your pack for gear that is out of shape. Use our handy checklist in the ad this week so you don’t miss a thing. Have fun and good luck! Come in and share your adventure with us.


Canyon Ferry Lake rainbow trout have been fairly productive around Duck Creek and the Silos; try trolling cowbells or a flashy spoon tipped with a worm. Shoreline fishing has been productive when throwing marshmallows or Powerbait. The south end to mid-lake has been producing plenty of Walleye. If you’re in deeper water try targeting the Walleye around 20’ deep with a crawling harness with worm. You can also try vertical jigging with a chartreuse jig head tipped with a worm.

Helena Regulating Reservoir snagging season for Kokanee Salmon will continue through the end of October.

Holter Lake rainbow fishing has been pretty solid with cowbell and worms. Trolling for trout between the dam and Split Rock. If you want to try from shore, Rainbows are being caught near the gates. For Walleye or Perch fish the bends from Split Rock toward the Gates with some jigging or casting Rapalas toward the shore.

The Missouri River is fishing well, cooler nights have kept the trout happy and hungry. For dry flies we’d recommend Purple Haze, Parachute Adams, Elk Caddis, and Rusty Spinners sizes 16-18. For nymph fishing try throwing Lightning Bugs, Czech nymphs, or Pheasant Tails. Most of the bugs have been livelier in the evenings so during the day don’t hesitate to have some fun with streamers as well.

(Report by Ryan Corwin – Bob Ward’s Sports and Outdoors)

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