Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 4.14.17
By angelamontana

Posted: April 14, 2017

Hunting:  Spring Bear and Turkey are here.  Spring Turkey opened on April 8th and Spring Bear opens this weekend April 15th.   So if you’re itching to get out there for hunting season spring bear and turkey are here.  Swing on into Bob Wards for all your hunting needs.

Fishing: IT IS A NEW LICENSE YEAR FOR FISHING-So swing on into Bob Wards for your 2017 Fishing license.

Canyon Ferry: Time to get your boats ready. Two boat ramps have been opened up . These boat ramps are designated ramps due to the invasive mussels. There will be inspection and decontamination stations boaters will be required to stop. There is a “local boater” program allowing boaters to take an educational training on invasive species. Once this training is complete the boater will pledge and sign an agreement to only use that boat on Canyon Ferry.  Fishing for rainbow trout is really picking up, the spawn has started so using anything pink such as Czech nymphs, pink scuds, pink San Juan worms, and egg patterns are really getting these fish active!  Snap jigging some pink and blue jig heads tipped with crawlers is also working well. For walleye try trolling a crawling harness tipped with a leech to find their depth then start jigging for them with leeches. Swing on into Bob Wards and pick up some leeches, we’ll have them in stock this weekend.

Hauser: Devil’s elbow is open with similar results when using pink egg patterns, scuds San Juan Worms and Czech nymphs. Big aggressive rainbow trout are fun to pull in on the fly rod.

Holter: Gates of the mountains are open. Jet boats have been going up river getting those big spawning rainbow trout. If you aren’t fly fishing using maribou jigs with an orange head with black or dark maribou has been producing the spawning rainbows as well.  Trolling wise crawling harness tipped with worms or crankbaits are good way to find the fish—water is still cold so trolling speeds are slow and if you’re casting slow down the retrieval.

Missouri: Still pink, sow, BWO’s, and San Juan worms seem to be the ticket. Midges, March Browns, and Mother’s day hatches should be the ticket in mid-May but for now keep the BWOs as your go to. If fishing gets slow or dies, try tying on something new! Best times to hit the river are early morning and late evening, weather is still a bit brisk at these times so stay warm and happy fishing!