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Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 2.16.16
By angelamontana

Posted: February 17, 2016

Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable on the reservoirs.  Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support a vehicle to open water.  Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice.

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout are being caught early in the morning from Pond 4 to the Silos.  Jigs and ice flies continue to work best, tipped with crawlers or maggots, in 10 feet of water or less. Yellow perch continue to be caught out from Duck Creek Bay in 40 to 45 feet of water using standard yellow perch equipment. Walleye are being caught while searching for yellow perch.   Ice conditions are deteriorating, especially along shore.  However, anglers are reporting 8 to 10 inches at Confederate, White Earth, and near the Dam.  Ice conditions from the Silos to Pond 4 have been reported at 10 to 14 inches.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Good rainbow action is occurring in the Causeway while using jigs and maggots 6 feet below the ice.  Shore fishing for rainbows at the Causeway Bridge has also been good while using spawn sacks or worms.  Anglers are doing very well for rainbows while casting jigs from a boat around Riverside, Lakeside and York Bridge.  York Bridge ramp is ice free.  Ling are still being caught around White Sandy at night. There is 12 inches of ice in the Causeway and at Black Sandy. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Ice fishing is over as it is way too unstable to access.  Anglers are able to launch boats at Gates of the Mountains, but no reports on fishing success.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee action is good with the best bet being while using jigs and maggots or corn 10 to 25 feet below the ice.  A lot of small perch are being caught just off the bottom while using jigs and maggots throughout the reservoir in 15 to 25 feet of water.   There is 12 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

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