Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 2.12.24
By angelamontana

Posted: February 12, 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 walleye are being caught out from the Silos in 20-25 feet of water while using silver spoons or yellow jigs with worms or maggots.  North of the Silos towards Hole in the Wall anglers are catching rainbows, walleyes, and perch in 35-40 feet of water on fire tiger or pink and orange jigs with maggots or worms.  Burbot are being caught on tip-ups at night or early morning in 35-40 feet of water.  There is 15-16 inches of ice from the Silos down to the ponds, 15 inches of ice around Duck Creek and Confederate and there is 5-7 inches of ice on the north end of the reservoir.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: A few perch, walleye and Burbot are being caught in Lake Helena, the Causeway arm and out from Black Sandy while using white, pink, or green jigs or cut bait near the bottom. A few rainbows are being caught below Canyon Ferry Dam in open water and out from Black Sandy while using nightcrawler and marshmallows or various jigs. There is 10-15 inches of ice at the Causeway, 12 inches of ice on Lake Helena, and 10 inches of ice out from Black Sandy.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: Unsafe ice conditions have been reported. No fishing report.   Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee and perch action has been hot while jigging Hali or Sweedish Pimple type ice jigs tipped with maggots or corn in 20-40 feet of water. Kokanee can be anywhere from 10 feet below the ice to the bottom and perch are right on the bottom. There is 12-15 inches of ice with slush on top.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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