Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 9.18.23
By angelamontana

Posted: September 18, 2023

Canyon Ferry:  Walleyes are being caught in 20-25 feet of water north of White Earth on the west shore and north of the Silos to the Hole in the Wall area while using bottom-bouncers with worm harnesses with chartreuse or silver spinner blades or Slo Death rigs tipped with a worm.  The north end is producing a few smallmouth bass around rocky points on jigs or rapalas.  Shore anglers are catching rainbows at the Silos and Confederate on worms or powerbait. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser:  The Rainbow fishing has been good while trolling red or silver crankbaits between Black Sandy and the Power Lines and while using crawlers and a marshmallow or a floating jig from the shore below Canyon Ferry Dam. A few walleyes are being picked up inside of the Causeway Arm while casting perch-colored jigs and crawlers or trolling bottom bouncers with white and pink walleye spinners.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter:  The Rainbow fishing has been great in the Gates of the Mountains area while fly fishing with Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, or Prince Nymphs. Trolling cowbells and wedding rings, various crankbaits or spoons on the lower end of the reservoir is also producing good numbers of rainbows. Perch fishing has been great while pitching small jigs and crawler pieces around Mann Gulch, Ming Bar, Cottonwood Creek, and the BLM boat ramp docks. A few walleye are being caught in the same areas as the perch.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  The snagging season for Kokanee Salmon opened on September 1st and will run through October 31st.  Limits are 35 salmon daily with 70 in possession.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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