Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 1.8.18
By angelamontana

Posted: January 8, 2018

Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable.  Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support a vehicle to open water.  Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice.

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout are being caught from Pond 4 to the Silos area using various colors of jigs or ice flies, tipped with worms or maggots, in 10 feet of water or less. Yellow perch and a few walleye are being caught between Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek Bay, using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots, in about 40 feet of water.  Ice conditions have been reported at 12 to 15 inches from Pond 4 to the Hole-in-the-Wall and 4 to 8 inches on the north end of the reservoir.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser:  Rainbow fishing has been a bit slow in the Causeway with a few being caught while using jigs and maggots fished 6 to 8 feet below the ice.  A few walleye and perch are being caught at the Causeway powerlines and around Black Sandy.  The ice in the Causeway is 6 to 8 inches and  around Black Sandy there is 8 to 9 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Holter:  Perch fishing has been very good around Holter Dam, Log Gulch and Departure Point in 45 to 55 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 action is very good while using jigs and maggots or corn in 25 to 35 feet of water.  Perch are being caught just off the bottom at varying depths.  There is 8 to 10 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena