Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 3.12.18
By angelamontana

Posted: March 12, 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 (FINAL WINTER REPORT):  Rainbow trout are being caught in less than 10 feet of water near the Silos using micro jigs or ice flies tipped with worms. Yellow perch and walleye are being caught out from the Silos using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples, tipped with maggots, in 10 to 25 feet of water.  Ice conditions were reported as OPEN WATER around Pond 4 and 19 to 22 inches around the Silos.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow fishing is good six feet below the ice in the Causeway while using jigs and maggots or worms.   A few rainbows are being caught in open water below Canyon Ferry Dam on worms or spawn sacks.  Perch, walleye and ling fishing are very slow.  The ice in the Causeway is 15 to 18 inches and around Black Sandy there is 20 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Perch fishing has slowed down with a few being caught around Indian Trails, Holter Lake ramp and bays on the opposite shore for those willing to venture across the ice. Most perch are being caught in 35 to 40 feet of water on jigs and maggots or worms. A few rainbows are being caught in 6 to 10 feet or water while using jigs and worms or maggots.  There is 12 to 20 inches of ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee action slowed down with anglers finding them on their fish finders, but they are hesitant to bite.  The best action is occurring while using jigs tipped with maggots or corn in 30-35 feet of water.  Perch fishing has slowed down with a few being caught just off the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water.  There is 20 to 24 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena