Fort Peck producing walleyes

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 5.31.21
By angelamontana

Posted: May 31, 2021

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 FerryWalleye fishing is picking up with a number caught on the south end of the reservoir around the ponds and Duck Creek.  Rainbows are being picked up in these areas as well plus around Confederate and Hole in the Wall.  Both walleye and rainbows are being caught on bottom bouncers with a worm or crankbaits, mostly between 10 and 20 feet of water. A few rainbows are being picked up on the north end as well on flies or worms.  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 Boat anglers fishing for Rainbows around White Sandy, Black Sandy, and the Dam area are finding some nice fish. Trolling various crankbaits and cowbells tipped with crawlers is working well. Most walleye have been showing up in Lake Helena and a few in the Causeway arm. Trolling firetiger, blue, purple, or chartreuse crankbaits is working well. A few walleye and an occasional perch are being picked up while pulling bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses or vertical jigging. As a reminder the new walleye regulation is 10 daily, 1 over 15 inches; possession is twice the daily limit.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

HolterBoat anglers are having success for rainbows while trolling silver or perch colored crankbaits or cowbells tipped with crawlers. The lower end of the reservoir around the Boat Loft or in the Black Beach to Split Rock area has been popular for rainbow action. A few rainbows are also being caught mid reservoir around Cottonwood Creek. Anglers targeting rainbows around the Gates of the Mountains are having success using nymphs or wooly worms. A few walleye have been picked up recently while pitching jigs to shore in shallow water. A few perch are being caught around boat docks and shallow weed beds using small jigs.   Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena