Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 1.14.19
By angelamontana

Posted: January 14, 2019

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 in 10 feet of water or less from Pond 4 to the Silos and Duck Creek Bay to Confederate Bay using various colored jigs tipped with worms or maggots. Yellow perch are being caught in 30 to 40 feet of water between Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek Bay using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots. Ice conditions have been reported at 4 to 7 inches from south end of the reservoir to Confederate Bay.  Open water conditions are present from mid-reservoir to the dam.  Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbows are being caught at the Causeway near the road on jigs baited with maggots or worms and fished 6 feet below the ice.   A few walleye and perch are being caught at the Causeway under the powerlines with the same bait and lure combos, but they are being caught near the bottom.  The ice in the Causeway is 2 to 10 inches and there is open water at Black Sandy, York Bridge and Devil’s Elbow. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Holter:  There is a skim of ice at Gates of the Mountains, but the rest of the reservoir is open water.  Anglers are still able to put a boat in at Holter Lake and Log Gulch Ramps.  No open water fishing report.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee action is very good while using jigs and maggots or corn at 20 feet below the ice in 30 to 35 feet of water.  Small perch are being caught just off the bottom throughout the reservoir.  There is 8 to 10 inches of ice.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena