Helena Area Fishing Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 5.26.17
By angelamontana

Posted: May 26, 2017


Spring Bear ends May 31st in some areas.   So if you’re itching to get out there for hunting season spring bear.  Swing on into Bob Wards for all your hunting needs.


Don’t forget to swing in and pick-up your Aquatic Invasive Species permit ($2 for Residents) before you go out fishing!

Canyon Ferry: This weekend might become a recreational boater weekend for Memorial Day so be prepared for a busy lake—get on the water early morning or late afternoon.  Time to get your boats out on the water. Fishing for rainbow trout is really picking up, snap jigging some pink and blue jig heads tipped with crawlers is also working well. Trolling a cowbell with a spoon trailer is good way to hook up on a few trout as well.  For walleye try trolling a crawling harness tipped with a leech to find their depth then start jigging for them with leeches. Crank baits are starting to hit as well with water temps heating up and walleye starting to cruise the flats north of the ponds don’t hesitate to throw a Firetiger or Glass Perch Rapala out there.

Hauser: This weekend will be filled with recreational boaters for Memorial Day making early mornings and late afternoons the best time for serious fishing.  If you want to throw some spinners try some gold and red Panther Martins, other colors are rainbows (blue/pink) and perch (green/orange).  Snap jigging from shore is also working well right now so try some of those colored jigs tipped with a crawler.  For flies try sticking to the nymph seen, mayfly nymphs are the hot ticket right now.

Holter: Trolling wise crawling harness tipped with worms or crankbaits are a good way to find the Walleye.  For patterns stick to those Perch colors the walleye hit those pretty often in Holter, try throwing some brighter options like glass lures or Firetiger.  Don’t hesitate to fish gates up to Split Rock, just be cautious of the weeds that are shorelines they can snag a crawling harness pretty quickly.  For trout, try trolling some cowbells with a spoon and crawler behind in the main lake along the dunes and near the dam.

Missouri: May is here and water levels are high.  Nymphing is the ticket here so don’t hesitate to bring some bobbers and split-shot to get you deep and land a few trout. You need to fish deep near along the bottom of your drifts, the fish are will not be on the surface or suspended with this much fast moving water.  Try throwing some wire worms, big Hare’s Ears or Prince Nymphs below your split shot to get the bites.