Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 3.11.24
By angelamontana

Posted: March 11, 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 around Duck Creek, Confederate and from Hole in the Wall to south of the Silos while using pink or green jigs with worms or maggots in 10-15 feet of water.  Perch and walleye are being caught deeper in 20-35 feet of water out from the Silos and around Confederate and Duck Creek on worms or maggots with black or yellow jigs or silver spoons.  Stay away from the pressure ridges on the south end of the reservoir and be careful when accessing the ice.  There is 12-16 inches of ice from the Silos down to the ponds and 11-13 inches of ice around Duck Creek and Confederate. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbows are being caught in open water at the Causeway while using leech pattern flies and marabou jigs and through the ice out from Black Sandy while using black, green, or brown ice jigs. An occasional perch, walleye and burbot are being picked up on Lake Helena and in the Causeway arm while jigging near the bottom with rattle spoons tipped with crawlers or cut bait. There is 10-12 inches of ice on Lake Helena. Black Sandy area has 10 inches of ice. There is open water near York Bridge and Devil’s Elbow.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: Rainbows are being caught in open water at the Gates of the Mountains area from shore and by boat while using night crawlers, spawn sacks, power bait, marabou jigs and leech or Wooly Bugger flies. The Lower end of the Reservoir has unsafe ice that is receding from the shorelines and not many anglers have been heading out onto the ice.   Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir:  Kokanee fishing has been great while jigging Hali or Sweedish Pimple type ice jigs tipped with maggots or corn in 20-35 feet of water. A few perch are being caught with the same equipment used near the bottom. There is 10-12 inches of ice.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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