Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 8.15.16
By angelamontana

Posted: August 16, 2016

Canyon Ferry:  Anglers targeting rainbow trout are few and far between, but some fish are being caught using cranks or worm harnesses, tipped with a worm, in 15 to 40 feet of water. Shore fishing for rainbows continues to be slow, but some fish are being caught in Confederate Bay using worms.  Walleye fishing continues to be excellent throughout the reservoir tolling worm harnesses or slow-death rigs, tipped with worms or leeches, in 15 to 50 feet of water.  Fishing a jig, both standard and floating, tipped with a worm continues to produce walleye reservoir-wide in 5 to 50 feet of water. A fair number of yellow perch continue to be caught from while trolling for walleye or using jigs, tipped with a worm, from shore.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow action has slowed up with some trout being caught in the mornings while trolling cowbells 20-30 feet deep around the Black Sandy and White Sandy area. Shore fishing is fair while using worms or Powerbait near Riverside and the Causeway Bridge. Boat anglers are catching walleye in the Causeway Arm on jigs and worms in 10 to 15 feet of water.  A few walleye are being caught from shore at the Causeway Bridge on jigs and worms.  Some perch are being caught in the Causeway as well on jigs.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Rainbow fishing has improved with trout being caught trolling cowbells in the mornings from Split Rock to Holter Dam at depths of 20 to 30 feet.  Shore fishing for rainbows has been fair around Gates of the Mountains on worms.  A few walleye are being caught around Gates of the Mountains, Split Rock, Cottonwood Creek and the bays by Holter Dam.  Most walleye are being caught on jigs and a worm or leech in 15 to 20 feet of water.  Perch are being caught throughout the reservoir in small bays and around weedbeds in 12 to 18 feet of water while using jigs and worms.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

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