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Walleye Kid

June 14, 2021 at 5:57 pm

Anglers are reminded that live fish cannot be used as bait on the Missouri River from the confluence of the Madison and Jefferson Rivers, downstream to Morony Dam, which includes Canyon Ferry, Hauser and Holter Reservoirs.

Canyon Ferry: Walleye fishing is good around the old river channel between Ponds 3 and 4 while trolling bottom bouncers or purple and silver or perch colored crankbaits. Walleye are also being caught between White Earth and Hole in the Wall. Rainbows are being picked up in these areas on the same lure and bait combos as well. Shore fishing has been slow for both rainbows and walleye. 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: Boat anglers are finding some nice rainbows while trolling cowbells and wedding ring combos around White Sandy, Black Sandy and the Dam area. Shore anglers are finding a few rainbows near Riverside Campground while using nightcrawlers and marshmallows or PowerBait. The walleye action has been great lately and most have been showing up in the Causeway arm and in the White Sandy and Black Sandy area. Pitching jigs/vertical jigging near points has been producing most walleyes. Shore anglers are picking up a few walleye from the Causeway Bridge while using floating jigs and leeches during the evening hours. 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: Boat anglers are finding some nice rainbows on the lower end of the reservoir while trolling cowbells and wedding rings tipped with crawlers. Trolling near Black Beach and the Clay Banks across from the Boat Loft has been producing lots of rainbows. A few walleye and perch are being picked up while pitching jigs/vertical jigging near Split Rock and other points or weed beds in the middle and lower sections of the reservoir. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Chris Hurley

Hauser and Holter Fisheries Technician

Fisheries Division

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Walleye Kid

June 21, 2021 at 4:36 pm

Canyon Ferry: Walleye are being caught between White Earth and Hole in the Wall and around the old river channel between Ponds 3 and 4 while trolling bottom bouncers with gold spinners or gold or perch colored crankbaits. A few rainbows are being caught between the Silos and Pond 4 while trolling bottom bouncers with a worm. Shore fishing has been slow for both rainbows and walleye. 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: Boat anglers are finding some nice rainbows while trolling blue or perch colored crankbaits or cowbells and wedding ring combos from White Sandy, Black Sandy area to the powerlines.Shore anglers are finding a few rainbows near Riverside Campground while using PoweBait or nightcrawlers and marshmallows. The walleye action has been great lately in Lake Helena, the Causeway arm and in the White Sandy and Black Sandy area. Trolling bottom bouncers or pitching jigs/vertical jigging near points has been producing most walleyes. Shore anglers are picking up a few walleye from the Causeway Bridge while using floating jigs and leeches during the evening hours. 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: Boat anglers are finding some nice rainbows around Split Rock, the Oxbow Bend area, the South Village and around the Gates of the Mountains area. Pulling blue, silver or firetiger colored crankbaits or trolling cowbells and wedding rings tipped with crawlers has been working well. A few walleye are being picked up while pitching jigs/vertical jigging near Split Rock and other points or weed beds in the middle and lower sections of the reservoir. Some anglers are finding perch around Cottonwood Creek while pitching small jigs tipped with crawlers. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Chris Hurley

Hauser and Holter Fisheries Technician

Fisheries Division

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Walleye Kid

July 6, 2021 at 1:21 pm

Canyon Ferry: Walleye fishing is good from Duck Creek to Pond 1 and Ponds 2 and 3 to the river channel in 8 to 15 feet of water. Try using bottom bouncers with red, orange or chartreuse spinners or crankbaits. Shore anglers are catching a few walleye in Beaver Creek Bay near White Earth and around the Silos. Some perch are being picked up on the south end while using jigs and leeches. A few rainbows are being caught while trolling cowbells or gold and silver spoons between White Earth and the Silos. An occasional rainbow is being caught from shore at White Earth. 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: A few rainbows are being picked up while trolling deep running crankbaits, silver spoons or cowbells and wedding ring combos around Devil’s Elbow, Black Sandy to the powerlines and the Dam area. Most walleyes are being picked up in the Causeway arm and in the White Sandy and Black Sandy area. Trolling bottom bouncers or pitching jigs/vertical jigging near points has been working well for walleyes. Shore anglers are picking up a few walleye from the Causeway Bridge while using floating jigs and leeches or pitching jigs from shore. 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: Some nice rainbows continue to be picked up on the lower end of the reservoir. Trolling deep running crankbaits, silver spoons or cowbells and wedding rings tipped with crawlers in deeper water has been working well for anglers after rainbows. Shore anglers are still catching an occasional rainbow while casting spoons or spinners or using crawlers on a floating jig however most rainbows have moved away from the shorelines with the warmer water temps. A few perch and walleye are being picked up while vertical jigging in the Canyon near the Gates of the Mountains and near Cottonwood Creek and other points or weed beds in the middle and lower sections of the reservoir. Various colored ¼ ounce jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers have been working well for perch and walleye. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Troy Humphrey
Helena Area Senior Fisheries Technician
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Region 4

Walleye Kid

July 12, 2021 at 2:12 pm

Anglers are reminded that live fish cannot be used as bait on the Missouri River from the confluence of the Madison and Jefferson Rivers, downstream to Morony Dam, which includes Canyon Ferry, Hauser and Holter Reservoirs.

Canyon Ferry: Walleye fishing is good from Confederate to Duck Creek while using crankbaits, Pond 4 to the river channel on bottom bouncers with red, orange or chartreuse spinners, and off points on the north end while using jigs tipped with a worm. White Earth to Hole in the Wall is also producing a few walleye and perch. Shore anglers are catching a few walleye in Beaver Creek Bay near White Earth and around the Silos. A few rainbows are being caught while trolling cowbells or silver spoons on the north end around Cemetary Island. An occasional rainbow is being caught from shore at the Outhouse and Shannon. 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: Walleye fishing has been great lately. Most walleyes are being picked up in the Causeway arm and in the White Sandy and Black Sandy area. Pitching jigs/vertical jigging in less than 20 feet of water, near points has been working well for walleyes. Green or orange jigs tipped with leeches are working well. Shore anglers are picking up a few walleye and trout from the Causeway Bridge while using floating jigs and leeches/crawlers. A few rainbows are being picked up early in the morning while trolling silver spoons or cowbells and wedding ring combos between White Sandy and York Bridge. 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: The perch and walleye fishing has really turned on lately. Most are being picked up while vertical jigging in the Canyon near the Gates of the Mountains and near Cottonwood Creek and other points or weed beds in the middle and lower sections of the reservoir. Perch or green colored jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers have been working well for perch and walleye. Some nice rainbows continue to be picked up early in the morning on the lower end of the reservoir. Trolling deep running crankbaits, silver spoons or cowbells and wedding rings tipped with crawlers has been producing a few trout. Shore anglers are still catching an occasional rainbow while casting spoons or spinners or using crawlers on a floating jig. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Chris Hurley

Hauser and Holter Fisheries Technician

Fisheries Division

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

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