Helena Reservoirs Fishing Report 1.19.21
By angelamontana

Posted: January 19, 2021

fishing reportAnglers 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. Fishing Report for Helena Area Reservoirs as follows:

Canyon Ferry: Most of the reservoir is open water except for bays and from Confederate south to the Ponds.  Rainbow trout fishing is improving from Broadwater Bay south to the Ponds using light colored jigs tipped with various baits.  For rainbows try closer to shore at depths of 25 feet of water or less. North of the Silos and around Hole in the wall anglers are catching perch close to the pressure ridge but be careful if you see open water.  The perch are biting on silver or white jigs tipped with worms or maggots in deeper water. A few walleye are being caught out from the Silos ramp in deeper water on jigs and maggots.  An occasional burbot is showing up at first light.  Ice conditions have been reported as a consistent 6 to 10 inches from Hole in the Wall to the Silos with 6 to 7 inches near the Ponds.  Use caution with ATV as the ice is very slick with unstable areas showing up around shoreline. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Rainbows are still on the bite around the Causeway area. Anglers are using various colored jigs tipped with maggots or crawlers throughout the day. Fishing 6 to 8 feet below the ice is working well for rainbows. An occasional walleye and perch are being picked up while jigging near the bottom. 5 inches of ice has been reported around the Causeway.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter:  No Ice Report.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee continue to be picked up here and there. Most are being picked up in around 30 feet of water while using pink, green, orange or blue Hali or Swedish Pimple type ice jigs and maggots or corn. The perch bite has been fairly consistent and most are being caught in 25 feet of water or less while using the same equipment near the bottom. An occasional burbot is being picked up while fishing for perch. 6 to 8 inches of ice has been reported.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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