Helena Recreation Report Bob Ward's Sports & Outdoors

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (10.31.14)
By angelamontana

Posted: October 31, 2014


With all Montana hunting seasons either open or already closed it’s time to resupply for the next trip afield.

Cold weather clothing, boots, gloves, socks, ammo, camo, and more is on sale right now. We haven’t really had a cold snap yet but you can feel it coming in the morning air. Check over your cold weather gear and come in for replacements or upgrades.


Canyon Ferry Lake rainbow trout have been productive if your fishing from shore. Try using marshmallows or Powerbait. The north end to mid-lake has been producing plenty of Walleye. If you’re in deeper water target 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.

The Missouri River is fishing well and cooler temperatures have kept the trout happy and hungry. For nymph fishing throw Lightning Bugs, Czech nymphs, or Pheasant Tails. Dry fly fishing has slowed down but you can snag some trout early or late in the day with a caddis pattern. Streamers are productive, try a strip and pause with zonkers, black buggers, or sculpins. 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)