Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 8.9.21
By angelamontana

Posted: August 9, 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 hot bite has slowed down for all species this past week.  Walleye and perch can still be found between the river mouth and Pond 4 in 10 feet of water and between Confederate and Goose Bay in 25-30 feet of water.  The best action has been while using bottom-bouncers with green, orange or white/silver spinner blades tipped with either a worm or leech.  A few rainbows are being caught in deeper water around Confederate while trolling cowbells.  Shore fishing has been slow for all species. 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: The rainbow bite is good in the early morning hours while trolling cowbells and wedding ring combos between the York Bridge and the Dam. Using lead core line and having at least 4 colors out while trolling has been working well. Most walleyes continue to be picked up in the Causeway arm and from the Causeway Bridge. Successful walleye anglers have been pitching jigs/vertical jigging near points or weed beds or using floating jigs and leeches/crawlers from shore. Green, orange, chartreuse or white jigs have been popular colors.  As a reminder the new walleye regulation is 10 daily, 1 over 15 inches; possession is twice the daily limit.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

HolterGood numbers of rainbows continue to be picked up on the lower end of the reservoir.  Most anglers are doing well while fishing during the early morning or late evening hours. Trolling cowbells and wedding ring combos around 30 feet down in the water column has been working well. Some walleye and perch are being caught while pitching jigs or vertical jigging in the Canyon near the Gates of the Mountains and other weed beds or points in the middle and lower sections of the reservoir. Shore anglers are finding a few perch around the boat docks at Log Gulch boat ramp. Chartreuse, green, orange or white colored jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers have been popular. Some anglers are finding some nice trout while fly fishing from a float tube near the Gates of the Mountains.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena