Helena Recreation Report Bob Ward's Sports & Outdoors

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports and Outdoors (9.4.15)
By angelamontana

Posted: September 4, 2015

Hunting:  This weekend is opening day of archery for general deer and elk. Hunting gear is out so pick up your favorite calls and clothing or restock on arrows and broad-heads.

Fishing: Fishing has been good in Southwest Montana. Cooler temperatures and a little rain has helped the fisheries.

The Big Hole River is seeing an increase in Spruce Moth activity. Grasshopper patterns have been very effective this past week.

The Beaverhead and Ruby River are fishing well this week as well. Sparkle minnows, Joes Hoppers, or Muddler Minnows have been good choices. Trico hatches have still been good, however, most fish are hanging close to the bottom.

Cutthroat catches have been abundant in the mountain lakes of the Big Hole Valley and Pintler mountains. Banks Bees, Adams, Black Ant, or other terrestrials have been most effective.

The Jefferson river is seeing better fishing with Hopper activity, however, hoot owl restrictions are still in effect over the entire river.

The Upper Missouri is hot fishing presently Harper Lake showing a lot of activity to trollers.