Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 2.27.23
By angelamontana

Posted: February 28, 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, perch and walleye are being caught in 15 to 20 feet of water out from the Silos.  The rainbows are being caught on silver and pink or red jigs with worms or maggots.  Walleye and perch are being caught while using pink, red or yellow Hali jigs or spoons with red hooks tipped with nightcrawlers, perch eyes or maggots.  An occasional ling is being caught along with the perch and walleye on the bottom.  The Duck Creek to Confederate area has slow fishing overall.  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. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena 

Hauser: Some nice rainbows continue to be caught near the Causeway area and Black Sandy while using green or silver jigs or ice flies tipped with maggots or crawlers in 6 to 10 feet of water. An occasional burbot is being found in the Causeway Arm while using cut bait near the bottom. The Causeway area has 10-18 inches of ice and Lake Helena has 16-20 inches of ice.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena     

Holter: Perch fishing has been fantastic out from the BLM boat ramp, the Prairie Dog Town, Log Gulch, Departure Point and throughout most of the lower end of the reservoir while using Swedish Pimples, Halis or other jigs and maggots near the bottom in 20 to 45 feet of water. Some nice rainbows continue to be caught 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. 12-16 inches of ice has been reported.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena 

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: kokanee action has picked up recently while using pink or green ice jigs, Halis or dodgers tipped with red maggots or corn in 20 to 45 feet of water. A few perch are being found while using smaller jigs and maggots near the bottom. 16-20 inches of ice has been reported.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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