Anglers are reminded that live fish cannot be used as bait on the Missouri River from the confluence of the Madison and Jefferson Rivers, downstream to Morony Dam, which includes Canyon Ferry, Hauser and Holter Reservoirs.
Canyon Ferry: The stormy weather has made catching fish difficult. The rainbow trout bite is tapering off as the fish start to move offshore. A few rainbows are being caught from shore between the Outhouse and Kim’s Marina using leech flies, bead head nymphs, San Juan worms or nightcrawlers. Boat anglers are having some success for rainbows while trolling cowbells or crankbaits around White Earth and Cemetary Island. The walleye bite was slow with some being caught around Ponds 1 and 2 on crankbaits or bottom bouncers. As a reminder the new walleye regulation is 10 daily, 1 over 15 inches; possession is twice the daily limit. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Hauser: The weather over the weekend made things challenging however the rainbow bite was fantastic for most anglers. Fishing from shore has been productive around the Causeway, York Bridge and Riverside. Nightcrawlers, spawn sack or leech or egg patterns havebeen working well. The recent wind and rain slowed down most boaters and Lake Helena anglers significantly. As a reminder the new walleye regulation is 10 daily, 1 over 15 inches; possession is twice the daily limit. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena
Holter: Rainbow trout action continues to be great even with the recent stormy weather. Shore anglers fishing on the lower end of the reservoir around most of the public boat ramps continue to find fish near the shorelines. Mostare doing well with egg or leech patterns, spawn sacks or powerbait. Boat anglers are catching some nice rainbows while trolling around the Log Gulch to Split Rock area and the Clay banks across from the Boat Loft. Running crankbaits, Thomas lures or cowbells tipped with a spinner and nightcrawler has been producing some nice trout. Not many walleye or perch have been picked up recently.Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena