Helena Area Reservoirs Ice Fishing Report 2.13.23
By angelamontana

Posted: February 13, 2023

Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable.  Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support a vehicle to open water.  Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice.

Canyon Ferry: Rainbows are being caught 10-15 feet deep out from the Silos and around Duck Creek while using pink marshmallows, spawn sacks or ping or red jigs with worms or maggots.  Walleye and perch are being caught out from Duck Creek in 35-45 feet of water while using green and silver or white and silver jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or maggots.  Stay away from the pressure ridges on the south end of the reservoir.  There is over 20 inches of ice from the Silos down to the ponds, 18-20 inches of ice around Duck Creek and the north end has 3-5 inches of ice, but it is pulling away from shore around Shannon. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Some nice rainbows continue to be caught at the Causeway Bridge area and Black Sandy while using various colored jigs or ice flies tipped with crawlers 6 to 10 feet below the ice. A few perch are being found out on Lake Helena while using green or white Hali jigs with maggots or crawlers. An occasional burbot is being found from the Causeway Arm to Black Sandy while using cut bait near the bottom. 12-18 inches of ice has been reported.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: A few rainbows continue to be picked up at the Gates of the Mountains while using various ice jigs tipped with crawlers in shallow water. A few burbot are being caught while using cut bait near the bottom at night. The perch bite continues to be great and good numbers of perch and an occasional walleye are being found out from Log Gulch, Departure Point, the Prairie Dog Town, and the BLM boat ramp while using multi-colored Hali or glow jigs and maggots near the bottom in 25 to 45 feet of water. 10-12 inches of ice has been reported.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: A few kokanee and perch are being picked up while using Hali or Sweedish Pimple type ice jigs tipped with red maggots or corn in 16 to 35 feet of water. 14-18 inches of ice has been reported.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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