Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 8.31.20
By angelamontana

Posted: August 31, 2020

Canyon Ferry:  Mid reservoir is where the walleye action is good while using bottom bouncers or slow death rigs in 20 to 30 feet of water.  On the west shore try from Hole-in-the-wall to White Earth and on the east shore try from Snaggy Bay to Avalanche.  Trolling crankbaits from Duck Creek to Pond 1 is producing walleye as well.  Some perch are being caught while fishing for walleyes.  Some walleye, perch and trout are being caught at Confederate and the north point of the Silos from shore on worms. Rainbow fishing is improving with a few being caught while trolling crankbaits, spoons or cowbells 20 feet deep on the north end and from White Earth north along the west shoreline.  An occasional rainbow is being caught by walleye anglers trolling bottom bouncers as well. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Most walleye action has been in 25 feet of water or less inside the Causeway Arm. Successful Anglers have been doing well trolling worm harnesses and spinner rigs and pitching jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers. The same techniques are producing an occasional perch. A few rainbows are being picked up around York Bridge, Devil’s Elbow and Black Sandy while out trolling cowbells or crankbaits above suspended fish. Shore anglers are picking up a few rainbows with plain crawlers and power bait at Black Sandy and from the Causeway Bridge.  Popular color combos have been fire tiger, gold or chartreuse.   Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Perch action has been good lately. Anglers are doing well along the clay banks and in Juniper Bay. Anglers pitching jigs near boat ramps on the lower end of the reservoir are also finding perch. Small green and black jigs tipped with crawlers are working well for perch in 25 foot of water or less. Anglers trolling cowbells tipped with spinners and crawlers are picking up quite a few rainbow trout from Black Beach to Split Rock. A few walleyes were on the bite this weekend in the canyon near Gates of the Mountains. Vertical jigging as well as trolling bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses have been the best tactics. Popular color combos have been black, silver, purple and green.   Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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