Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report 7.8.24
By angelamontana

Posted: July 8, 2024

Canyon Ferry: The walleye bite is really turning on throughout the reservoir.  The best areas are Pond 4, Pond 2 to Duck Creek, and north of White Earth on the west shore.  Bottom bouncers with slow death rigs, various colors of crankbaits or jigs are all producing walleye and a few perch in 25-40 feet of water.  Rainbow action is slowing down with some still being caught around Cemetery Island and Yacht Basin while trolling cowbells or using jigs with a worm. Shore fishing is slow.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Walleye fishing has been good inside the Causeway Arm and around the Dredge Piles while using white and purple jigs tipped with worms or leeches. Rainbow fishing has been good below Canyon Ferry Dam with worms, power bait, or Wooly Buggers and out from Black Sandy while trolling cowbells and spinner combos with lead core line. An occasional kokanee is being found while trolling 25 to 45 feet down for rainbows.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: Walleye and perch fishing has been hot in the coves and bays above the Dam, along the Clay Banks, near Cottonwood Creek, and Mann Gulch while using various jigs tipped with worms or leeches in 15 to 20 feet of water. A few kokanee are being caught between Split Rock and the Dam while trolling 60 feet deep with down riggers. Using dodgers or cowbells with Hoochies and corn is working well for kokanee. Rainbows fishing has been good on the upper end of the reservoir while fly fishing with Pheasant Tail or Prince Nymphs and while tolling cowbells and spinner combos on the lower end of the reservoir.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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