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Walleye Kid

January 25, 2021 at 5:44 pm

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: Most of the reservoir is open water except for bays and from Confederate south to the Ponds. Rainbow trout fishing continues to improve from Broadwater Bay south to the Ponds using light colored jigs tipped with various baits or perch colored rattling rapalas. For rainbows try closer to shore at depths of 25 feet of water or less. Anglers are catching perch around Duck Creek in 30 feet of water on silver or white jigs tipped with worms or maggots. A few walleye are being caught out from the Silos ramp in deeper water on jigs and maggots. Ice conditions have been reported as a consistent 9 to 10 inches from Hole in the Wall to the Silos with 8 inches near the Ponds and at Duck Creek. The pressure ridge near Hole in the Wall has become more stable, but still use caution with ATV’s around it. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: The Causeway area is still producing some nice rainbows. Successful anglers are using various colored jigs tipped with maggots or crawlers 6 to 8 feet below the ice. Rainbows are also being caught in open water from shore below Canyon Ferry Dam near Riverside Campground area. Using night crawlers and marshmallows or egg sacks is working well at Riverside. Anglers venturing out into the Causeway Arm and around the Powerlines are finding as occasional walleye and perch while jigging with ice jigs near the bottom. 6 to 7 inches of ice has been reported around the Causeway. Black Sandy area has been reported to have 5 to 6 inches of ice. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: No Safe Ice Reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee continue to be picked up here and there. Most are being picked up in around 25 feet of water while using multi-colored Hali or Swedish Pimple type ice jigs and maggots or corn. The perch bite picked up a little over the weekend and most are being caught in 15-25 feet of water while using the same equipment near the bottom. An occasional burbot is being picked up while fishing for perch. 8 to 10 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Troy Humphrey

Helena Area Senior Fisheries Technician

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Region 4

WalleyeKid

February 16, 2021 at 5:33 pm

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: Most of the reservoir has unstable ice or open water except for bays and from Confederate south to the Ponds. Fishing is slow around Hole in the Wall, Silos and the Ponds. Duck Creek continues to be the only spot that is consistently producing fish with rainbow trout and perch being caught as well as an occasional walleye and burbot in 30 feet of water. Rainbows are being caught 11 feet below the ice on jigs and worms. Perch and an occasional walleye are being caught while using pink jigs or lures tipped with a worm. Ice conditions have been reported as a consistent 10 to 12 inches from Hole in the Wall to the Silos and around the Ponds. Duck Creek has 14 inches of ice. Use caution with ATVs around the Hole in the Wall pressure ridge. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow trout are being picked up around the Causeway area. Anglers are using various colored jigs tipped with maggots or crawlers in around 12 feet of water. A few burbot are being caught around Black Sandy while using cut bait on setlines. Anglers out on Lake Helena are finding some nice size perch using small ice jigs and maggots. The Causeway area has 7 to 12 inches of ice and Black Sandy has 8 to 10 inches. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: A few rainbows are being picked up near the shorelines at the Gates of the Mountains and near boat ramps on the lower end of the reservoir. Most are being caught while using red, orange or pink jigs or ice flies with maggots around 10 feet below the ice. A few perch are being caught around the Prairie Dog Town area with Hali jigs and maggots in between 40 and 50 feet of water. 7 to 14 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: A few Kokanee are still being picked up between 15 and 35 feet of water. Most anglers have been using multi-colored Hali or Swedish Pimple type ice jigs and maggots or corn. Most perch have been found between 20 and 30 feet of water while using the same equipment near the bottom. 12 inches or more of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Troy Humphrey

Helena Area Senior Fisheries Technician

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Region 4

Walleye Kid

April 29, 2021 at 12:59 pm

Canyon Ferry: The rainbow trout bite continues to be good on the north end as fish are cruising the shorelines. Rainbows are being caught from shore between the Outhouse and Kim’s Marina using leech flies, bead head nymphs, worms or silver spinners. Boat anglers are having some success for rainbows while trolling cowbells or crankbaits between White Earth and Hole in the Wall. A few walleye are being caught around the river channel south of the Silos while using jigs or trolling crankbaits, however the colder weather has made the action slow down considerably. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow fishing has been great at York Bridge. Fly fishing with egg patterns or San Juan worms has been working well. Night crawlers and egg sacks are also producing some fish. Some nice rainbows are also being picked up below Canyon Ferry Dam while drifting and bouncing nightcrawlers on the bottom. Some anglers are picking up a few trout out from Black Sandy, Riverside and Lake Helena with cowbells, or orange/chartreuse crankbaits. Walleye fishing in Lake Helena has picked up a bit and pulling shallow running crankbaits or crawler harnesses has been popular. Look for the bite to turn on by the end of the week. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: Rainbows continue to be picked up at Gate of the Mountains, the BLM boat ramp, Log Gulch and Departure Point. Successful shore anglers are doing well with wooly buggers, small beads, San Juan worms, spawn sacks or Powerbait. Boat anglers are catching some nice rainbows while trolling bright colored crankbaits along the shorelines. Not many walleye or perch are being picked up yet as the weather and water temps have been pretty cold lately. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

WalleyeKid

May 10, 2021 at 3:03 pm

Canyon Ferry: The stormy weather has made catching fish difficult. The rainbow trout bite is tapering off as the fish start to move offshore. A few rainbows are being caught from shore between the Outhouse and Kim’s Marina using leech flies, bead head nymphs, San Juan worms or nightcrawlers. Boat anglers are having some success for rainbows while trolling cowbells or crankbaits around White Earth and Cemetary Island. The walleye bite was slow with some being caught around Ponds 1 and 2 on crankbaits or bottom bouncers. As a reminder the new walleye regulation is 10 daily, 1 over 15 inches; possession is twice the daily limit. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: The weather over the weekend made things challenging however the rainbow bite was fantastic for most anglers. Fishing from shore has been productive around the Causeway, York Bridge and Riverside. Nightcrawlers, spawn sack or leech or egg patterns have been working well. The recent wind and rain slowed down most boaters and Lake Helena anglers significantly. As a reminder the new walleye regulation is 10 daily, 1 over 15 inches; possession is twice the daily limit. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: Rainbow trout action continues to be great even with the recent stormy weather. Shore anglers fishing on the lower end of the reservoir around most of the public boat ramps continue to find fish near the shorelines. Most are doing well with egg or leech patterns, spawn sacks or powerbait. Boat anglers are catching some nice rainbows while trolling around the Log Gulch to Split Rock area and the Clay banks across from the Boat Loft. Running crankbaits, Thomas lures or cowbells tipped with a spinner and nightcrawler has been producing some nice trout. Not many walleye or perch have been picked up recently. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

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