Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 5.17.21
By angelamontana

Posted: May 17, 2021

Canyon FerryRainbow trout are being caught from shore between the Outhouse and Kim’s Marina using Powerbait, leeches or nightcrawlers.  Most of the fish have started to move offshore.  A few rainbows are being caught by boat anglers while trolling cowbells or crankbaits around White Earth and Cemetary Island.  Some walleye are being caught around the Ponds in shallow water while others are being caught out from shore quite a bit.  Most walleye action has been 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 Anglers fishing from shore for Rainbows below Canyon Ferry Dam have been finding a few fish. Night crawlers and Thomas lures have been working well from shore. Anglers trolling for Rainbows around Black Sandy are finding some nice fish using cowbells and wedding ring combos tipped with crawlers. Some anglers have been finding rainbows while trolling bottom bouncers for walleye. Most walleye have been showing up in Lake Helena and a few in the Causeway arm. Crankbaits and bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses or leeches have been working well for walleye. 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 Most rainbows have moved out from the shorelines however some shore anglers are having success near the Gates of the Mountains and on the lower end of the reservoir around most of the public boat ramps. Casting spoons or using worms and marshmallows, spawn sacks or powerbait has been producing a few fish. 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. A few walleye have been picked up recently while pitching jigs to shore in shallow water.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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