Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 3.18.24
By angelamontana

Posted: March 18, 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 the Silos near shore in 8-10 feet of water while using white or pink glow hooks or jigs tipped with worms, maggots, or shrimp.  Duck Creek is producing rainbows and perch in 35-45 feet of water.  Stay away from the pressure ridges on the south end of the reservoir and be careful when accessing the ice as it is getting soft and pulling away from the edges.  There is 10-12 inches of ice around the Silos, Duck Creek and Confederate. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbows are being caught in open water at the Causeway, York Bridge and Riverside while using leech pattern flies, spawn sacks, power bait and marabou jigs. A few Ice anglers are still fishing on Lake Helena and out from Black Sandy, but the ice is going away fast.  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 pattern 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:  A few kokanee are being caught while jigging Hali or Sweedish Pimple type ice jigs tipped with maggots or corn in 20-35 feet of water. Not many anglers heading out onto the ice anymore. There is around 5-6 inches of ice left and it’s going away fast.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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