Ice Fishing on Montana Lakes

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 1.16.18
By angelamontana

Posted: January 16, 2018
Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout fishing has been good around Pond 4, the Silos, and Confederate Bay using jigs or ice flies, tipped with worms or maggots, in 10 feet of water or less. Yellow perch and a handful of walleye continue to be caught in the area between Hole-in-the-Wall, Duck Creek Bay, and Confederate Bay using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples, tipped with maggots, in 35 to 60 feet of water.  Ice conditions have been reported at 12 to 17 inches from Pond 4 to Confederate Bay and 5 to 9 inches on the north end of the reservoir.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is slow with a few being caught in the Causeway and around Black Sandy while using jigs and maggots or spawn sacks fished 6 feet below the ice.  A few walleye and perch are being caught in the Causeway and around Black Sandy in 30 to 40 feet of water.  The ice in the Causeway is 6 to 8 inches and around Black Sandy there is 10 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Holter:  Perch fishing has been very good around Holter Lake Ramp, Log Gulch and Indian Trail Marina in 35 to 50 feet of water on jigs and maggots or worms. The key is to keep moving around until you find the perch.  Rainbow fishing is slow.  There is 8 to 9 inches of ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee are being caught throughout the reservoir while using Swedish Pimples or jigs and maggots or corn in 25 to 35 feet of water.  Perch are being caught just off the bottom in 15 to 25 feet of water.  There is 10 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena