Helena area reservoirs fishing report 7.19.21
By angelamontana

Posted: July 19, 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 FerryThe walleye bite is on with reports of good catches around the river mouth and Pond 4, White Earth and Snaggy Bay, and the north end around Court Sheriff and submerged points.  Most anglers are using a variety of spinner blades with a bottom bouncer or jigs.  Worms and leeches are working equally well.  Shore anglers are catching a few walleye in Beaver Creek Bay near White Earth and around the Silos.  A few rainbows are being caught while trolling cowbells or silver spoons on the north end around Cemetary Island or from White Earth to Hole in the Wall on walleye rigs.  An occasional rainbow is being caught from shore at the Outhouse and Shannon. As a reminder the new walleye regulation is 10 daily, 1 over 15 inches; possession is twice the daily limit.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

HauserWalleye action continues to be good. Most walleyes are being picked up in the Causeway arm and in the White Sandy and Black Sandy area. Successful anglers have been pitching jigs/vertical jigging near points in less than 20 feet of water. Green or orange jigs tipped with leeches are working well. Shore anglers are picking up a few walleye and trout from the Causeway Bridge while using floating jigs and leeches/crawlers. A few rainbows are being picked up early in the morning or late in the evening while trolling silver spoons or cowbells and wedding ring combos between Black Sandy and York Bridge.  As a reminder the new walleye regulation is 10 daily, 1 over 15 inches; possession is twice the daily limit.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

HolterA few perch and walleye continue to be picked up. Most are being caught while vertical jigging in the Canyon near the Gates of the Mountains and near Cottonwood Creek and other points or weed beds in the middle and lower sections of the reservoir. Perch or green colored jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers have been working well for perch and walleye. Some nice rainbows continue to be picked up early in the morning on the lower end of the reservoir. Trolling silver spoons or cowbells and wedding rings tipped with crawlers at least 20 feet down in the water column has been producing a few trout. some anglers are still catching an occasional rainbow during the late evening hours while using crawlers on a floating jig. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena