Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports and Outdoors 6.2.17
By angelamontana

Posted: June 2, 2017


Don’t forget to swing in and pick-up your Aquatic Invasive Species permit ($2 for Residents) before you go out fishing!
Canyon Ferry: Campgrounds and fishing accesses are filled up with campers, recreational boaters and floaters, so early mornings or late nights are your best bet for hooking up on some fish. 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: Campgrounds and fishing accesses are starting to fill up with recreational boaters and floaters, so early mornings are your best bet for hooking up on some fish. 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: With June here, water levels are starting to slowly drop, now under 9,000 cfs. Fishing is great right now…for hot flies make sure you bring some worms, PMDs, scuds, caddis pupas, and sows. With waters still running still a bit high it’s important to fish deep so bring some split- shot and really focus on getting close to bottom, 6’-8’ lengths are good. Nymphing is king on the Mo right now without any real surface action and also very little suspended fish it’s important to get to the bottom.