Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 8.1.22
By angelamontana

Posted: August 1, 2022

Canyon Ferry:  Walleyes continue to be the fish of choice for most anglers and they are being rewarded with great catches.  Walleye, perch and rainbows are all being caught on bottom bouncers, Slow Death rigs or crankbaits.  Most action has been mid-reservoir around White Earth and Goose Bay or between Ponds 3 and 4 in the river channel.  Pink, yellow and chartreuse are the best colors with worms or leeches working equally well with the fish going deeper during the day.  Shore fishing has been slow for all species. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser A few rainbows are being caught at Riverside below Canyon Ferry Dam and from the Causeway Bridge while using crawlers and a marshmallow or a floating jig. Trolling cowbells and spinner combinations between Black Sandy and the Powerlines during the early morning hours is producing a few rainbows as well. A few Walleyes are being picked up in 15-30 feet of water mostly during the late evening hours around Eldorado Bar, in the Causeway Arm and around Dana’s Point. Most walleye anglers are using various jigs, slip bobber setups with leeches, or trolling bottom bouncers with white or orange spinner blades and crawler harnesses.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter A few rainbows continue to be caught on the lower end of the reservoir during the early morning hours while trolling cowbells with a spinner combination and a crawler around 25 feet down in the water column. Walleye and perch fishing has been good in 20 to 30 feet of water during the morning or late evening hours around weed beds and points throughout the reservoir. Most anglers are using various jigs, slip bobber setups with leeches, or trolling bottom bouncers with white, chartreuse, or orange spinner blades. Some nice kokanee are being picked up on the lower end of the reservoir while trolling Dodgers or flashers tipped with a spinner and shoepeg corn in deep water during the early morning hours.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena