Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 2.20.24
By angelamontana

Posted: February 20, 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 are being caught between Pond 4 and the Silos in 8-12 feet of water.  Rainbows, walleye and perch are being caught between the Silos and Hole in the Walleye and around Duck Creek in 20-30 feet of water.  Most action was while using yellow, pink or green glo hooks or yellow, orange or green jigs.  Worms or maggots are the bait of choice with a few using salted minnows. There is 15-16 inches of ice from the Silos down to the ponds, 13-15 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 rainbows are being caught at the Causeway and out from Black Sandy while using pink, white or green jigs or ice flies tipped with crawler pieces in 10 to 20 feet of water. Most walleye and perch are being found near the powerlines in the Causeway Arm while using various jigs near the bottom. There is 10-12 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: The perch bite continues to be great on the lower end of the reservoir from Departure Point to the BLM boat ramp while using various jigs tipped with maggots, meal worms or crawler pieces in 25 to 55 feet of water. Rainbow action has been great at the Gates of the Mountains, Log Gulch and near the BLM boat ramp while using black, brown, or green ice flies and crawler pieces 5 to 10 feet below the ice. The Gates of the Mountains has ice near the road ranging from 30 to 100 yards off the road and there is 3 to 7 inches of ice. Log Gulch and Departure Point has 3 to 7 inches of ice. The Prairie Dog Town has 3 to 5 inches of ice.   Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee and perch fishing has been great while jigging Hali or Sweedish Pimple type ice jigs tipped with maggots or corn in 20-35 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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