Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 2.26.24
By angelamontana

Posted: February 26, 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, perch and walleye are being caught in 15 to 20 feet of water out from the Silos or north towards Hole in the Wall.  The rainbows are being caught on silver and pink or red jigs with worms or maggots.  Walleye and perch are being caught while using pink, red or yellow Hali jigs or spoons with red hooks tipped with nightcrawlers, perch eyes or maggots.  An occasional ling is being caught along with the perch and walleye on the bottom.  The Duck Creek to Confederate area has slow fishing overall.  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: Rainbows, perch walleye and ling are being caught near the powerlines in the Causeway arm and on Lake Helena while using pink, green or glow jigs tipped with crawlers, cut bait or meal worms in 5 to 20 feet of water. Rainbows are also being caught from the Causeway road with various jigs. There is 8-10 inches of ice.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: The perch bite has been great on the lower end of the reservoir out from Indian Trail and Departure Point while using various jigs tipped with maggots, meal worms or crawler pieces in 30 to 50 feet of water. A few rainbows are being caught while using black, brown, or green ice flies and crawler pieces 5 to 10 feet below the ice near the shorelines. The Gates of the Mountains has 3 to 6 inches of ice and it’s shrinking fast, a strong wind may take it away. Indian Trail has 4-7 inches of ice and people are using planks to get out from the shrinking shoreline ice. Departure Point has 3-7 inches of ice and can be accessed if you pick your spot carefully.   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 10-12 inches of ice.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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