Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 2.15.19
By angelamontana

Posted: February 15, 2019


Well we’re in between seasons now as we wait for Spring Bear and Turkey to get here in April. But if you had a great season and got some great pictures to prove it—bring’em on in and we’ll get them posted up front!


Hauser:  We’re getting some good reports of ice 8+” at White Sandy and a few good reports of guys catching some Rainbows and Walleye there.  Black Sandy also is reported to have about 8+” of ice.  The Causeway has reports of 8+” of ice as well with guys having pretty good luck with Trout and small Walleye.

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  There are also reports of guys fishing out here with ice conditions ranging from 8-12 inches.  Fishing reports are good with guys catching Salmon and Perch.

Canyon Ferry:   We’re getting some reports of ice at the Hole in the Wall and Silos around 8-12” or so and about 8+” of ice at the shallows along White Earth.  White Earth has had decent reports of guys catching some Walleye and Ling as well as some reports from guys catching trout and perch by the Silos.

Holter:  We have reports of 8+ inches of ice right now. Guys have been catching Perch pretty consistently, try fishing in 30+FOW.

Snow Report:

Great Divide:  We’ve had a great week of snow with over a foot of new accumulation. The lower mountain currently has 47 inches of snow with 47 inches on the upper mountain.  The hill is open Thursdays from 10am-4pm, Fridays from 10am-9pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am-4pm. There is snow in the forecast this weekend so make sure to come up to the hill and make some fresh turns.

Showdown:  The Mountain currently has a 33” base with 47” of snow at the summit. Come on up this weekend and make some turns at Showdown, Montana’s oldest running ski hill!

Whitefish Resort:  The Mountain is officially open! Whitefish currently has a 94” base and there will be 9 lifts running.  It’s time to get out and make some turns at this absolutely gorgeous mountain resort!

Big Sky Resort:  The upper mountain has an 81” base while the mid to lower part of the mountain has about 44-54” of base. Big Sky is currently running 36 lifts and has 300+ trails open so far this season.  It’s definitely time to think about heading to the resort and getting some turns in!

In the Community


  • The Helena Ice Arena will have adult pickup hockey on Friday at 11:30 a.m. and public ice skating Saturday 12:00 p.m.
  • After a couple of weeks in the negative temps, we’re finally getting a little warmer weekend to go out and play in the snow. If you’re looking to go make some turns and need some new gear swing on into Bob Wards and check out our progressive sale going on right now on ski and snowboard gear for the whole family!


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