Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 8.22.16
By angelamontana

Posted: August 22, 2016

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout fishing was slow this past week, but some fish are being caught using cranks or worm harnesses, tipped with a worm, in 20 to 40 feet of water. Shore fishing for rainbows remains slow, but anglers are targeting rainbows from shore at Duck Creek, Confederate, and around the Silos using worms.  The walleye bite has been steady throughout the reservoir tolling worm harnesses or slow-death rigs, tipped with worms or leeches, in 15 to 40 feet of water.  Fishing a jig, both standard and floating, tipped with a worm continues to produce walleye reservoir-wide in 5 to 60 feet of water. A few yellow perch continue to be caught from while trolling for walleye or using worms from shore.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is decent in the mornings while trolling cowbells 20 feet deep between York Bridge and Hauser Dam. Shore fishing is fair while using worms or Powerbait near Riverside and the Causeway Bridge. Boat anglers are catching walleye in the Causeway Arm and around the El Dorado dredge piles 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 is slow. 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 15 to 20 feet of water while using jigs and worms.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena