Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 5.18.15
By angelamontana

Posted: May 18, 2015

Canyon Ferry:  Poor weather conditions this past week resulted in very few anglers out and about, however, rainbow trout continue to be caught throughout the reservoir. Shoreline anglers are having success at traditional access points using worms, spawn sacks or various bead head fly fishing patterns. No report from boat anglers. Walleye fishing was inconsistent, but fishing should pick up later this week throughout the south end and at some locations mid-reservoir.  Worm harnesses, crankbaits, and jigs seem to be what everyone is using this time of year.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Below Canyon Ferry Dam seems to be the only area that rainbows are being caught with some consistency.  From shore or boat – worms or drifting jigs is the best bet for trout.   Some walleye are being caught in the Causeway on jigs or bottom bouncers and worms. Lake Helena was slow with the weekend wind and increased turbidity from creek runoff.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbow fishing continues to be good around Split Rock and Black Beach while trolling cowbells less than 10 feet deep.  Shore fishing for rainbows is slow.  Walleye fishing was slow with the stormy weather.  Perch fishing continues to provide some good action in the lower reservoir from boat or the docks at Log Gulch and Holter Lake Ramp.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

(Report by Adam Strainer & Troy Humphrey – MT FWP)