Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 6.21.21
By angelamontana

Posted: June 21, 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 are being caught between White Earth and Hole in the Wall and around the old river channel between Ponds 3 and 4 while trolling bottom bouncers with gold spinners or gold or perch colored crankbaits.  A few rainbows are being caught between the Silos and Pond 4 while trolling bottom bouncers with a worm.  Shore fishing has been slow for both rainbows and walleye.    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 are finding some nice rainbows while trolling blue or perch colored crankbaits or cowbells and wedding ring combos from White Sandy, Black Sandy area to the powerlines.Shore anglers are finding a few rainbows near Riverside Campground while using PoweBait or nightcrawlers and marshmallows. The walleye action has been great lately in Lake Helena, the Causeway arm and in the White Sandy and Black Sandy area. Trolling bottom bouncers or pitching jigs/vertical jigging near points has been producing most walleyes. Shore anglers are picking up a few walleye from the Causeway Bridge while using floating jigs and leeches during the evening hours. 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 finding some nice rainbows around Split Rock, the Oxbow Bend area, the South Village and around the Gates of the Mountains area.  Pulling blue, silver or firetiger colored crankbaits or trolling cowbells and wedding rings tipped with crawlers has been working well. A few walleye are being picked up while pitching jigs/vertical jigging near Split Rock and other points or weed beds in the middle and lower sections of the reservoir. Some anglers are finding perch around Cottonwood Creek while pitching small jigs tipped with crawlers. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena