Helena Recreation Report Bob Ward's Sports & Outdoors

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 6.3.16
By angelamontana

Posted: June 3, 2016


Spring Bear is in full swing and wraps up end of May and early June.


Little Blackfoot/Boulder/Prickly Pear: If you’re looking for some smaller water it’s a gorgeous place, water is a little high but fairly clear.  If you like tight line nymphing or comfortable with indicators conditions are great for getting down low. We’d recommend a double bead prince nymph, BH caddis pupas or Hares ear, and wire body San Juan worms are your best bet.  If you want some extra help getting deep don’t hesitate to bring some small split shot to help you out.

Canyon Ferry: Time to get your boat out! The walleye bite is picking up and the trout bite is hot.  For trout we’d recommend using worms, egg sucking leeches, PowerBait, egg patterns, and egg sacks. The north end has been productive for trout.  For Walleye we recommend tossing some cranks or jigs with perch (or fire tiger); worm harnesses are also starting to work. Early mornings and evenings try cruising out in the flats with cranks or worm harnesses above the duck ponds as Walleye are starting to get more active.

Hauser Lake: Walleye bite is on and jigging is the ticket.  We just got our leeches which should help with ripping into the lip of monster walleye.

Missouri River: Weather looks to clear up a bit which should make for some great days on the Mo.  With higher water we’re getting some consistent hatches making for some good fishing.  Caddis, BWOs and PMDs are coming off regularly. Nymphing in the morning is the ticket—we’d recommend some Caddis Pupa or BH Prince nymphs.  By mid-day you can switch to dry flies.  Try throwing any Caddis, midge clusters, or BWO/PMDs.  We’re also seeing a decent amount of terrestrials out so bring a few ants, beetles, and small hoppers, as well.

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