Helena Recreation Report Bob Ward's Sports & Outdoors

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (10.3.14)
By angelamontana

Posted: October 3, 2014


Waterfowl opens this weekend, October 4th. We have shotgun ammo starting at $9.99 a box! We’re just a week away from pheasant season and several of the top spots look promising. FWP is really adamant about being bear aware this season. We’ve already had a few encounters so carry your bear spray.

Upcoming opening dates:

  • Waterfowl October 4th
  • General Antelope/Pheasant – October 11th
  • Deer-only Youth 2 Day Hunt – October 16 – 17
  • Deer/Elk General – October 25th

Please review your regulations for specific details on the areas you plan on hunting or fishing. And make sure to bring pictures down of your successful hunts or catches and post them on are bulletin board.


Canyon Ferry Lake: Trout fishing has been pretty solid up north by the dam and Cemetery Island. Try trolling cowbells or a flashy spoon tipped with a worm. Shoreline fishing has been productive as well—try throwing wooly buggers or spoons. The Walleye are still productive as well. The south is still producing plenty of Walleye but if you’re in deeper water try targeting the Walleye around 30’ deep with a crawling harness with worm or Rapalas; you can also try vertical jigging with a chartreuse jig head tipped with a worm.

Helena Regulating Reservoir: Snagging season for Kokanee Salmon is in full swing and will continue through the end of October.

Missouri River: The big “Mo” is fishing well, cooler nights have kept the trout happy and hungry. For dry flies we’d recommend bringing a couple of hoppers and ant patterns, Parachute Adams, or Rusty Spinners. For nymph fishing try throwing Czech nymphs or Pheasant Tails.

(Report by Ryan Corwin-Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors)

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