Helena Area Fishing Report by FWP 5.8.23
By angelamontana

Posted: May 8, 2023

Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout are still cruising the shorelines and providing great action on the north end of the reservoir for shore anglers.  The best rainbow fishing is around the Outhouse, Shannon, Chinamen’s and outside of Kim’s Marina while using leech patterns, San Juan worms, egg sacks, worms or spinners.  A few rainbows are being caught around Hole in the Wall by boat anglers trolling spoons or crankbaits.  The south end of the reservoir is slow fishing with poor water visibility and a lot of debris floating in the water due to high runoff. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  Some nice rainbows are being picked up while trolling orange crankbaits in the Causeway arm and out from Black Sandy. Shore anglers are finding most rainbows at the York Bridge boat ramp while using San Juan worms or egg patterns. Using Power Bait, night crawlers or spinners at the Causeway Bridge is also producing a few rainbows. Walleye are being picked up on Lake Helena while pulling perch-colored crankbaits, bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses, or various jigs.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter:  Good numbers of rainbows are being caught while trolling red or pink crankbaits out from Split Rock. Shore anglers are catching a lot of rainbows at the Gates of the Mountains, the BLM boat ramp, and the Log Gulch boat ramp. The most productive flies have been egg patterns, San Juan Worms, and black and red leech patterns. Using Power Bait, night crawlers, spawn sacks or spinners is also producing a few rainbows.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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