Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 7.31.23
By angelamontana

Posted: July 31, 2023

Canyon Ferry:  Walleye fishing is good between Ponds 1 and 2 and Duck Creek in 11-20 feet of water on bottom bouncers with slow-death rigs or worm harnesses in chartreuse or green colors. Green jigs and crankbaits have been working also. Rainbows are being caught as well as a few perch by anglers using walleye rigs in these same areas.  A few rainbows are being caught while trolling cowbells 30 feet deep around Cemetery Island.  Shore fishing is slow. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena 

Hauser:  Walleye fishing has been great in Lake Helena and around the El Dorado dredge piles while trolling crankbaits, or bottom bouncers with a leech. A few nice perch are being picked up in Lake Helena and near Black Sandy while searching for walleyes. Rainbow fishing has been slow, but a few are being caught while using crawlers and marshmallows below Canyon Ferry Dam and while trolling cowbells with wedding rings tipped with worm pieces around Black Sandy. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena 

HolterRainbow fishing continues to be good out from the Gates of the Mountains and between Black Beach and Split Rock while trolling cowbells with a worm or using jigs and crawlers during the evening hours. Perch fishing has been great, and a few walleye are being found as well while using jigs tipped with a worm or leeches in 15-25 feet of water, around Cottonwood Creek, Ming Bar and in lower Holter near weed beds. A few Kokanee are being caught near the Dam while trolling cowbells or Dodgers in around 65 feet of water. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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