Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 5.3.21
By angelamontana

Posted: May 3, 2021

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout fishing is good on the north end as fish are cruising the shorelines.  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 between White Earth and Hole in the Wall.  The walleye bite really picked up with the warmer weather.  Most walleye were caught around Ponds 1 and 2 on crankbaits.  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:  Rainbow action continues to be good at York Bridge. Fly fishing with leech or egg patterns has been working well. Anglers using night crawlers and egg sacks are also picking up a few. Canyon Ferry Dam tailrace is producing some trout while drifting and bouncing nightcrawlers on the bottom. Lake Helena anglers are finding rainbows with cowbells tipped with spinners and crawlers and most walleye are being caught while running perch colored crankbaits. 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 has been great at the Gate of the Mountains as well as most of the public boat ramps on the lower end of the reservoir. Successful shore anglers are doing well with egg patterns, wooly buggers, and small beads. Boat anglers are catching some nice rainbows while trolling Thomas lures and cast masters around the Oxbow bend. Not many walleye or perch are being picked up yet.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena