Helena area reservoirs Fishing Report for the week of 1.8.24
By angelamontana

Posted: January 8, 2024

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 and a few walleyes are being caught between the Silos and Pond 4 in 10-15 feet of water.  Jigs or ice flies seem to be working best in red, pink or orange colors with mealworms or maggots used for bait.  The walleye are being caught on the bottom while the rainbows are suspended.  There is 5-6 inches of ice from the Silos down to the ponds and around Duck Creek.  The ice sheet ends around White Earth, so mid to north end of the reservoir are still open water.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: A few rainbows, walleye, perch and burbot are being caught in Lake Helena and from the Causeway to the powerlines while using various jigs or ice flies tipped with crawlers or maggots and while using cut bait. There is up to 6-7 inches of ice on Lake Helena and in the Causeway Arm. Watch out for spring holes and pressure ridges on Lake Helena. There is NO ICE at Black Sandy, Devil’s Elbow, York Bridge, and Riverside. Those boat ramps are still open.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: There is no safe ice. Fly fishing from shore at the Gates of the Mountains is producing some big rainbows while using pheasant Tail and Prince Nymphs.   Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: A few Kokanee are being picked up while jigging Hali or Sweedish Pimple type ice jigs tipped with maggots or corn in around 30 feet of water. A few perch are being caught while using the same equipment near the bottom in 8 to 10 feet of water. There is between 7 and 9 inches of ice. There is a pressure ridge which separates the reservoir into two areas.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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