Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 1.29.18
By angelamontana

Posted: January 29, 2018

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout continue to be caught at shallow depths between Pond 4 and the Silos using black and green jigs or ice flies, tipped with worms or maggots. Yellow perch and a handful of walleye are being caught in the “Perch Triangle” between Hole-in-the-Wall, Duck Creek Bay, and Confederate Bay using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples, tipped with maggots, in 30 to 50 feet of water.  Ice conditions continue to be reported at 12 to 19 inches from Pond 4 to Confederate Bay and 5 to 9 inches, as of January 21st, on the north end of the reservoir.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is slow with a few being caught around the Causeway Bridge while using jigs and maggots or spawn sacks fished 6 feet below the ice.  An occasional walleye or perch is showing up in the Causeway and around Black Sandy in 30 to 40 feet of water while using jigs and maggots.  The ice in the Causeway is 10 to 12 inches and around Black Sandy there is 12 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Perch fishing is good around Holter Lake Ramp, Black Beach and and out from the Prairie Dog town in 25 to 45 feet of water on jigs and maggots. The key is to keep moving around until you find the perch.  Rainbow fishing is slow with a few being caught around Gates of the Mountains.  There is 10 to 12 inches of ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee fishing has slowed up some, but fish are still being caught while using jigs and maggots or corn.  Most kokanee are being caught 20 feet below the ice.  Perch are being caught just off the bottom in 15 to 25 feet of water.  There is 12 to 14 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

(photo via icefishingrentals.com)
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