Helena Area Recreation Report 9.28.18
By angelamontana

Posted: September 28, 2018


It’s here, archery season is in full swing for Deer, Elk, and Antelope and so is upland bird season for Grouse, Partridge, Pheasant, and Turkey.  Which means it’s time to get out there and hunt.  Duck and Geese opens this Saturday, Sept. 29th in the Central and Pacific Flyways. We’re also less than a month away from general rifle season for deer and elk.  Double check you’re hunting checklists and swing on into Bob Wards and let us help you get the gear you need for a successful hunting season this fall.


Canyon Ferry Lake/Holter Lake/Hauser:  For Walleye, try trolling a crawling harness tipped with a nightcrawler behind a bottom bouncer and don’t hesitate to change up the depth. Late afternoon shallows along the shoreline has been very productive, as well. Try throwing some of perch colored Rapalas (Firetiger or even the metallic green), I like the jointed shad-rap but Husky, Countdowns, and regular Shads work well also. Trout fishing is doing well, try trolling near southern shore near the damn with a down rigger and some cowbells or beercans with a spoon and crawler trailing behind.  Late afternoon shallows along the shoreline has been very productive.  We’d recommend throwing some floating jigs tipped with a nightcrawler or even a few spinners tipped with a worm.  The fish have been biting so make sure you get out there and get a “Fish On!”

Missouri River:  As temperatures are dropping we’re seeing some changes to our go to fly patterns.  Still seeing some hoppers but not as much as we’ve seen over the last couple weeks. Spinners, mayflies, smaller BWOs and some parachute Adams are the go to flies to bring.  Start off with spinners in the morning and switch to your mayflies, Caddis, and Adams in the early afternoon.  If you’re looking to nymph make sure to bring the San Juan worms, Czech Nymphs, and Scuds right now.  Even though things are cooling off on the water, it’s never been more relaxing on the river so get out there and take some time with nature.