Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 3.4.24
By angelamontana

Posted: March 4, 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 Confederate and from Hole in the Wall to south of the Silos while using pink or orange jigs and worms.  Perch and a few walleye are being caught north of the Silos to Hole in the Wall and around Duck Creek on bright colored jigs (white, chartreuse or pink) or lures with maggots or worms.  An occasional burbot is being caught as well.  Stay away from the pressure ridges on the south end of the reservoir and be careful when accessing the ice.  There is 3-10 inches of ice from the Silos down to the ponds and 10-12 inches of ice around Duck Creek and Confederate. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbows, perch, walleye, and ling are being caught on Lake Helena and near the Causeway while using various glow jigs tipped with crawlers, dead minnows, or meal worms in 5 to 20 feet of water. Rainbows are also being caught in open water from the Causeway Bridge with leech pattern flies and marabou jigs. There is 6-10 inches of ice near the Causeway. There is between 8-20 inches of ice on Lake Helena depending on where you go. There is open water and unsafe ice near York Bridge and Devil’s Elbow.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: The Gates of the Mountains area has unsafe ice. The Lower end of the Reservoir has ice that is receding from the shorelines and not many anglers have been heading out onto the ice. A few perch are being found out from Departure Pont while using various jigs near the bottom in 30-50 feet of water. Departure Point has around 4 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 8-10 inches of ice.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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