Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 10.26.18
By angelamontana

Posted: October 26, 2018


It’s here, rifle season is in full swing for Deer, Elk, and Antelope and so is upland bird season for Grouse, Partridge, Pheasant, and Turkey as well as waterfowl l season—meaning it’s HUNTING SEASON!  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/Holter Lake/Hauser:  For Walleye, try trolling a crawling harness tipped with a night crawler 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 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.  With colder weather and water temps starting to drop I’d recommend thinking about fishing a bit deeper.  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.  BWOs are the hot ticket on top right now and are a great option around mid-day. October Caddis, smaller BWOs and some parachute Adams are the go to flies to bring.  Nymphing is also a good option but make sure to bring your Zebras and Czechs and split shot and fish a bit deeper with the colder water and flows around 4k you need to make sure you’re getting down to the fish.


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