Helena Recreation Report Bob Ward's Sports & Outdoors

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (7.8.16)
By angelamontana

Posted: July 8, 2016


We’re a bit between seasons right now but summer is a great time to get some archery and target practice in and get ready for Antelope and Archery seasons in September.


Little Blackfoot/Boulder/Prickly Pear: If you’re looking for some smaller water it’s a gorgeous place, water is a low and clear.  Dry fly fishing is here!!! We’d recommend throwing some Caddis (#16) or Mayfly patterns (#14-#16) at any risers.  Terrestrials are out as well—ants and beetles mostly but a keep an eye peeled for hoppers as summer continues to roll on into July. Stoneflies are out as well so look to bring a few of these as well.

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. 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 active, especially early mornings and late afternoons. Once you find the walleye switch over to jigging leeches and let the fishing begin.  With the Walleye tournament in the rear-view we know the fish are there and there are a few big ones to hook-up on.   If you’re after trout try the north end—the bite has been consistent, if you’re closer to the south-end try fishing by the dykes for some cruising rainbows. Have some fun out there!

Hauser Lake: Walleye bite is on and jigging is the ticket.  If you’re struggling getting some bites troll a bottom bouncer or crank to until you get into them then switch to jigging some leeches.

Missouri River: Fishing has been awesome on the Mo! We’d recommend throwing Tricos, Caddis, PMDs, Mayflies, Stones, and Drakes. Tricos have started to come out the last week and should be out in force within the next couple of weeks. Dry fly fishing is great right now all day long—if you like throwing some drys get out to the Mo now for some great fishing.

(Report via Ryan Corwin- Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors)