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Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 1.18.16
By angelamontana

Posted: January 19, 2016

Canyon Ferry: Rainbow trout continue to be caught from Pond 4 to the Silos and at Beaver Creek Bay and Confederate Bay. Fishing has been best using black, green, and orange jigs and ice flies, tipped with night crawlers, in 10 feet of water or less. Quite a few yellow perch are being caught between Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek in 40 to 55 feet of water using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots. A few walleye are also being caught while searching for yellow perch. Ice conditions have been reported at 10 to 14 inches from Pond 4 to Hole-in-the-Wall, 8 inches at White Earth, 10 inches at Confederate, and 8 inches on the north end. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing is fair in the Causeway with the best action occurring while using jigs and maggots or worms 6 to 10 feet below the ice. Ling are being caught at night on nightcrawlers around the Black Sandy area. Perch and walleye fishing are really slow. There is 10 to 12 inches of good ice in the Causeway and at Black Sandy. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter: Perch fishing is a bit inconsistent at times, but when the bite is on the action has been very good. The perch are being caught at all of the boat ramps and around Holter Dam in 20 to 40 feet of water on jigs or Swedish Pimples and maggots or worms. There is 9 to 10 inches of good ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp. Rainbow fishing has been slow, but most anglers are targeting perch. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee action continues to be somewhat slow with the best bet being while using jigs and maggots or corn in 25 to 35 feet of water. A lot of small perch are being caught just off the bottom while using jigs and maggots. The best perch action has been around the island in 10 to 15 feet of water. There is 10 to 12 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena


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