Helena Area Reservoirs 8.11.20
By angelamontana

Posted: August 11, 2020

Canyon Ferry:  The walleye bite continues to be great with the best action from mid-reservoir to the south end while trolling bottom bouncers with a worm.  From Goose Bay to Confederate the walleyes are being caught in 20 to 30 feet of water while around the ponds they are being caught in 5 to 12 feet of water. Try using pink, chartreuse or green spinner blades. Some perch are being caught while fishing for walleyes.  An occasional walleye is being picked up in these areas from shore as well. A few rainbows are being caught while trolling cowbells or crankbaits 20 to 25 feet deep around mid-reservoir and the north end by Shannon.  An occasional rainbow is being caught from shore while using worms around White Earth and Kim’s Marina.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbow action has slowed a bit with the warmer temperatures and a lot of folks just out having fun in the water. Some walleye are being picked up by anglers slip bobber fishing from shore at the Causeway and pitching jigs or trolling crawler harnesses inside the Causeway Arm. An occasional rainbow is being picked up below Canyon Ferry Dam while pitching jigs along the shorelines. Boat anglers are picking up an occasional rainbow while trolling cowbells and wedding rings tipped with crawlers around 15-20 feet down between York Bridge and White Sandy.   Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Anglers are finding a few perch here and there while running slip bobber rigs with leeches around weed beds. The best action for perch has been on the lower end of the reservoir. Anglers trolling cowbells or crankbaits above suspended fish are still picking up an occasional rainbow in the lower end of the reservoir. Walleye action has slowed a bit but a few walleyes are still being picked up while tolling bottom bouncers, running slip bobbers and leeches or vertical jigging in 10-30 feet of water near Cottonwood Creek and on the lower end of the reservoir. Fly anglers are catching an occasional rainbow between Gates of the Mountains boat ramp and the river section below Hauser Dam.   Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena