Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 9.7.18
By angelamontana

Posted: September 7, 2018


It’s here, archery season is in full swing for Deer, Elk, and Antelope and so is upland bird season for Grouse, Partridge, and Turkey. Which means it’s time to get out there and hunt. 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: Warm waters are really getting the Walleye bite going. Try trolling a crawling harness tipped with a leech 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.

Holter Lake: For walleye, we recommend trolling with a crank or crawling harness tipped with a leech to find them. Throwing a Rapala toward the shoreline is doing well especially as the lake narrows and starts winding toward the gates. 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.

Hauser: Fishing is still quite productive. Late afternoon shallows along the shoreline has been very productive. We’d recommend throwing some floating jigs tipped with a leech 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: Water flows are holding nicely just under 4,200 cfs, making wading ideal. Mornings are seeing a ton of risers and don’t hesitate to throw some Tricos, Adams, or even some Purple Haze in the mornings. Terrestrials are also the go to mid-day to mid-afternoon so make sure to bring your favorite ant patterns in red or black and your favorite hoppers, as well. For nymphs bring some Zebra midges, San Juans, and some rubber legs—don’t hesitate to fish a small dropper too. Fishing the Mo on a September morning is a great way to start off the day as we turn to fall, so get out here while the fishing is good!



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