Helena Recreation Report Bob Ward's Sports & Outdoors

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 8.19.16
By angelamontana

Posted: August 19, 2016


Archery season is fast approaching and Antelope season is almost here.  The 900 series for Antelope opened on August 15th. Archery for Antelope opens on September 3rd with General season opening on October 8th. Archery for Deer or Elk opens on September 3rd and General opens on October 22nd. Fall bear season opens on September 15th. So swing on into Bob Wards for all your hunting needs.


Boulder/Prickly Pear: If you’re looking for some smaller water it’s a gorgeous place, water is a low and clear.  Terrestrials are out —ants, beetles, and finally hoppers are jumping around out there so make sure to bring along your favorite hopper pattern. Nymphing is the other hot ticket stick to your mayfly and midge larva patterns.  The Boulder is under Hoot Owl Restrictions now from 2p.m. to midnight—the best time to be on the water in August is early morning so get a good jump on the day.

Canyon Ferry: 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 working. 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.  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. Remember that mid-day makes for a lot of non-fishing boaters so stay safe and 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 until you get into them then switch to jigging some leeches.  If you fishing from shore try throwing some rainbow jigs and snap jig to hook up on some trout.  For walleye crankbaits or snap jigging leeches on a perch colored jig head is your ticket.

Missouri River: Fishing has been good on the Mo but the best time is early morning before the water temps rise.  The first cast is really important right now on the Missouri but if your cast is ready try throwing some small Trico spinners or Griffith Gnat.  Terrestrials are hitting well right now so bring some of your favorite hopper patterns.

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