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Dave Sedlock

Dave Sedlock

January 3, 2022 at 7:12 pm

Canyon Ferry: The action has been a bit slow with a few rainbows and perch being caught. An occasional walleye is being caught as well. Jigs tipped with a worm is what anglers are using for all species. There is 7-10 inches of ice from the Silos down to the ponds. No ice reports from White Earth to the dam. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: A few Rainbow trout are being picked up around the Causeway area. Anglers are using various colored jigs tipped with maggots or crawlers around 6 feet below the ice. Anglers out on Lake Helena are finding a few walleyes while jigging with ice jigs and crawlers. The Causeway area has 6 to 10 inches of ice, Lake Helena has 10-12 inches and Black Sandy has around 6 inches of ice. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: A few rainbows are being picked up in the bays near the shorelines. Most are being caught while using various jigs or ice flies with maggots in 6 to 10 feet of water. Not many walleye or perch have been reported yet. Ice conditions have been reported as 6 to 8 inches at the BLM ramp, 5-6” near Log Gulch, 6-7” at Departure Point and 6-10 inches around the Gates of the Mountains area. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: A few Kokanee are being picked up in around 35 feet of water. Most anglers have been using multi-colored Hali or Swedish Pimple type ice jigs and maggots or corn. Not many perch are showing up yet. 8-10 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Dave Sedlock

Dave Sedlock

January 10, 2022 at 8:49 pm

Canyon Ferry: The rainbow action is fair directly out from the Silos ramp. Perch are being caught around Hole in the Wall with an occasional walleye being caught as well. Rainbows, perch and walleye are all being caught on various colors of jigs tipped with mealworms, maggots or nightcrawlers. There is 9-12 inches of ice from Hole in the Wall down to the ponds. There is also fishable ice mid-reservoir and by the dam. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: A few Rainbow trout continue to be picked up around the Causeway area. A few perch and walleye are being found near the powerlines. Anglers out on Lake Helena are finding a few walleyes while jigging during the evening hours. An occasional ling is being caught at night out from Black Sandy using cut bait. Most anglers are having success using various colored jigs tipped with maggots or crawlers around 6 feet below the ice for trout and near the bottom for perch and walleye. 10 to 12 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: A few rainbows are being picked up at the Gates of the Mountains and Log Gulch. Perch fishing is good out from Log Gulch and the Prairie Dog Town. Most anglers are using ice flies with maggots or crawlers in less than 10 feet of water for trout and Hali type jigs for perch. An occasional walleye is being found while perch fishing. 8 to 10 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: A few Kokanee are being picked up in around 35 feet of water. Most anglers have been using multi-colored Hali or Swedish Pimple type ice jigs and maggots or corn. Not many perch are showing up yet. 10-12 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Dave Sedlock

Dave Sedlock

January 19, 2022 at 4:17 pm

Canyon Ferry: Anglers are catching rainbows, perch and walleye on green or chartreuse jigs or green and silver Swedish pimples. Maggots or worms are working equally well. The best areas seem to be from North Silos to Hole in the Wall and around Duck Creek in 20-25 feet of water. Be careful when approaching pressure ridges. There is 10-15 inches of ice around Duck Creek and from Hole in the Wall down to the ponds. There is also fishable ice mid-reservoir and by the dam with anglers getting on the ice by Shannon, the Outhouse and Cave Bay. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: A few Rainbow trout are being caught out from Black Sandy and around the Causeway area. A few perch and walleye are being found below the powerlines in the Causeway Arm. An occasional ling is being caught at night out from Black Sandy using cut bait. Most anglers are using various ice flies or jigs tipped with maggots or crawlers 3 to 10 feet below the ice for trout and jigging near the bottom is best for perch and walleye. 8 to 12 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: A few rainbows are being caught at the Gates of the Mountains, Log Gulch and Departure Point. Perch and an occasional walleye are showing up out from the Prairie Dog Town, Log Gulch and Departure Point. Most anglers are using ice flies and various jigs tipped with maggots or crawlers. Fishing 3 to 10 feet below the ice is working well for trout and anglers are finding most perch and walleye in 20 to 35 feet of water. 6 to 12 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing has been fairly slow however a few are being picked up in around 20 feet of water. Most anglers have been using multi-colored Hali or Swedish Pimple type ice jigs with maggots or corn. An occasional perch is showing up while using the same equipment near the bottom. 12 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Troy Humphrey

Helena Area Senior Fisheries Technician

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Region 4

Dave Sedlock

Dave Sedlock

January 24, 2022 at 3:45 pm

Canyon Ferry: Rainbow fishing is really picking up around the Silos near shore in 10 feet of water or less. Gold, orange or brown jigs tipped with mealworms, worms or maggots are producing the best catches. A few perch and walleye are being caught in 20-25 feet of water by Hole in the Wall and around Duck Creek on pink or white glo hooks tipped with various baits. Burbot are starting to be caught around the Silos in 10 to 15 feet of water. Be careful when approaching pressure ridges. There is 12-16 inches of ice around Duck Creek and from Hole in the Wall down to the ponds. There is also fishable ice mid-reservoir and by the dam with anglers getting on the ice by Shannon, the Outhouse and Cave Bay. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: A few perch and walleye are being found out on Lake Helena and below the powerlines in the Causeway Arm. An occasional ling is being caught at night out from Black Sandy using cut bait. A few rainbow trout are being caught out from Black Sandy and around the Causeway area. Most anglers are using various ice flies or jigs tipped with maggots or crawlers 3 to 10 feet below the ice for trout and jigging near the bottom is working for walleye and perch. 10 to 14 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: A few rainbows are being caught at the Gates of the Mountains, the BLM boat ramp, Log Gulch and Departure Point. Small perch are showing up out from the Prairie Dog Town, Indian Trail, Log Gulch and Departure Point. Most trout anglers are using ice flies and various jigs tipped with maggots or crawlers 3 to 10 feet below the ice and perch anglers are having success jigging near the bottom with Hali jigs tipped with maggots in 25 to 35 feet of water. 8 to 12 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee action is still slow however a few are being picked up in around 26 feet of water during the early morning hours. Most anglers have been using multi-colored Hali or Swedish Pimple type ice jigs with maggots or corn. An occasional perch is showing up while using the same equipment near the bottom. 12 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Chris Hurley

Hauser and Holter Fisheries Technician

Fisheries Division

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Dave Sedlock

Dave Sedlock

February 14, 2022 at 3:48 pm

Canyon Ferry: Rainbows are being caught around the Silos in 10 to 20 feet of water while using pink or orange jigs with mealworms, worms or maggots. Perch and an occasional walleye are being caught north of the Silos in 20 to 25 feet of water and around Duck Creek in 50 feet of water on perch colored or black jigs tipped with various baits. A few burbot are also being caught while using cut baits. There is 16-20 inches of ice around Duck Creek and from Hole in the Wall down to the ponds. Open water is starting to show up in spots along the shoreline by Broadwater Bay. There is also fishable ice mid-reservoir and by the dam with anglers getting on the ice by Shannon, the Outhouse and Cave Bay. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Some perch and walleye are being found in the Causeway arm and in Lake Helena while jigging various colored Hali jigs with maggots. Rainbow trout are showing up at Riverside and out from Black Sandy while using spawn sacks or plain crawlers. Some burbot are being found out from the Black Sandy area while using cut bait during the late evening hours. 15 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: Some nice rainbows are being caught at the Gates of the Mountains while using spawn sacks or ice jigs tipped with maggots in 6 to 8 feet of water. Good numbers of perch are being found out from the BLM boat ramp, Prairie Dog Town, Indian Trail, Log Gulch and Departure Point. Jigging Swedish Pimples, Kastmasters, or Hali jigs tipped with maggots in 30 to 40 feet of water is working well. 12 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee action has been great lately while fishing in 12 to 45 feet of water. Using various colored Hali or Swedish Pimple type ice jigs with maggots or corn is working well. A few perch are being picked up while using the same equipment near the bottom in around in 15 to 35 feet of water. 15 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Dave Sedlock

Dave Sedlock

March 7, 2022 at 3:56 pm

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 an occasional 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. Ice conditions have been reported as a consistent 16 to 20 inches from Hole in the Wall to the Silos and around the Ponds. Duck Creek has 20 inches of ice. Use caution with ATVs around the Hole in the Wall and Duck Creek pressure ridges. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: A few rainbows are being picked up in open water near the Causeway with floating jigs tipped with crawlers or green Marabou jigs. Black Sandy area is producing a few rainbows through the ice with small white or pink jigs and maggots while dead sticking 10 feet below the ice. Perch and walleye fishing has slowed down. More open water areas are beginning to show up in Lake Helena. Black Sandy area has around 12 inches of ice. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: The Gates of the Mountains area is mostly open water. The lower end of the reservoir still has decent ice and smaller perch are still being caught in 35 to 45 feet of water out from the Prairie Dog Town, the BLM boat ramp and Departure Point. Swedish pimples and Hali jigs and maggots have been standard for perch. Most rainbows are showing up around 10 feet below the ice while dead sticking small shiny jigs and crawlers. An occasional walleye is showing up while fishing for perch. Anglers near Log Gulch are gaining access to safe ice with a plank that spans the shoreline. Up to 10 inches of ice has been on the lower end of the reservoir. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee action continues to be great while jigging near the bottom in 30 feet of water. Using green, white or silver Hali or Swedish Pimple type ice jigs with red maggots or corn is working well. An occasional perch is being picked up with the same equipment. 12 inches of ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Chris Hurley

Hauser and Holter Fisheries Technician

Fisheries Division

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Dave Sedlock

Dave Sedlock

April 25, 2022 at 3:30 pm

Canyon Ferry: The rainbow trout bite continues to provide action on the north end as fish are cruising the shorelines. Rainbows are being caught from shore at the Outhouse rock bar, Shannon and Chinamen’s using black leech flies, bead head nymphs, worms or egg sacks. Fishing has been slow on the south end of the reservoir with a few rainbows being caught around the Silos and Duck Creek. Some boats are getting out and launching at Broadwater Bay, Goose Bay, Duck Creek and Chinamen’s. Walleye and perch fishing are slow. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Rainbow action continues to be great near the shorelines at York Bridge, the Causeway and Riverside campground area. Egg and leech pattern flies Power Bait, night crawlers or spawn sacks are working well. Boaters trolling crankbaits out from Black Sandy are also picking up a few rainbows. Lake Helena has been slow and not many perch or walleye are being picked up yet. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: Lots of nice rainbows continue to be picked up near the shorelines at Gates of the Mountains, the BLM boat ramp, Log Gulch boat ramp and Departure Point. Using egg or leech pattern flies as well as Power Bait, night crawlers or spawn sacks has been working well. Not many walleye or perch are showing up yet. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Chris Hurley

Hauser and Holter Fisheries Technician

Fisheries Division

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

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