Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 3.14.17
By angelamontana

Posted: March 13, 2017

Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable. Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support a vehicle to open water. Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice.

Canyon Ferry: No Report.

Hauser: Rainbow fishing is good in open water at the Causeway Bridge, York Bridge and below Canyon Ferry Dam on egg sacks, flies or worms. Ice fishing for rainbows through the ice at Black Sandy is slow. The remaining ice in the Causeway is extremely unstable. At Black Sandy there is 10 to 12 inches of good ice, but conditions are changing daily. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Holter: Perch fishing is good in the lower reservoir anywhere from 10 to 45 feet of water on jigs and maggots or worms, so most anglers are moving around until they find the schools. Rainbow fishing is good around Gates of the Mountains and in the lower reservoir while fishing with jigs and worms 3 to 6 feet below the ice. Ice conditions are deteriorating with open water along shore making access difficult. Ice is quite variable and rapidly becoming too unstable to access. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee action has slowed down and ice conditions are rapidly making access unsafe. A few kokanee are being caught while using jigs tipped with maggots or corn 10 to 20 feet below the ice. Small perch are being caught just off the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

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