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Walleye Kid

December 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm

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WalleyeKid

January 21, 2020 at 4:52 pm

Canyon Ferry: Rainbows are being caught in 7 to 8 feet of water from White Earth south to the Ponds and in Confederate Bay while using jig heads or wooly buggers tipped with a worm or maggots. The morning hours are working best for trout. A few walleye are being caught in the river channel between the ponds on jigs and maggots or worms. Perch are starting to show up in Beaver Creek Bay and a few burbot were caught out from the Silos. The reservoir is mostly iced over now, but the north end is still very thin. Ice conditions have been reported as 6 to 8 inches in Confederate Bay, 8 inches at the Silos and closer to the Ponds there is 12 to 14 inches. Hole in the wall and White Earth have 3 to 4 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Anglers are picking up some nice Rainbows at the Causeway. Most are having luck fishing various ice jigs with maggots 6 to 8 feet below the ice. The Power Line area of the Causeway Arm is producing a few Walleye and Burbot, jigging near the bottom with crawlers. Rainbows are also showing up out from Black Sandy. Ice conditions have been reported as 4 inches at the Causeway and 8 inches out from Black Sandy. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: Rainbows and Perch are being picked up out from Log Gulch and Departure Point areas. Using various ice jigs or flies with maggots or crawlers 10 feet below the ice has been working well for Trout. Anglers targeting Perch have been doing well with Hali type jigs tipped with maggots. Ice conditions in the Lower part of the reservoir have been reported as 6 inches near the BLM Boat Ramp. The Prairie Dog Town has 4 to 5 inches. The Log Gulch area has 4 to 8 inches. Departure Point Campground area has 5 to 6 inches of ice. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: The Kokanee bite continues to be great. Using Hali or Swedish Pimples and maggots or corn in 40 to 45 feet of water has been working well. Lots of small perch are also being picked up just off the bottom in around 20 to 30 feet of water with similar ice jigs. There is around 10 to 12 inches of ice. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Walleye Kid

February 25, 2020 at 11:46 pm

Poor and deteriorating ice conditions currently exist due to unseasonably warm weather conditions. 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: A few rainbows are being caught from the Silos to Pond 4 while using jigs or Swedish pimples tipped with maggots or worms. Perch are being caught at Duck Creek on jigs tipped with maggots in 45-50 feet of water. A few rainbows are being caught while perch fishing at Duck Creek as well. Ice conditions have been reported as 9 inches at White Earth and Duck Creek, 10 to 13 inches at the Silos and closer to the Ponds there is 13 inches. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Anglers are picking up a few Rainbows around Black Sandy and at the Causeway. Most are having luck fishing various ice jigs with maggots around 6 feet below the ice. Ling fishing during the night at the Causeway has been fairly productive using cut bait. Ice conditions at the Causeway has been reported at 3 to 5 inches. Black Sandy has 6 to 8 inches. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: Anglers are getting into a few perch and walleye around the Prairie Dog Town and Log Gulch areas. Most are jigging various ice jigs with maggots or crawlers. A few rainbows have been picked up near the Gates of the Mountains area, however the ice has only been reported at 3 to 4 inches. Most trout anglers are using ice jigs or flies fished 6 to10 feet below the ice. Log Gulch ice has been reported at 5 to 6 inches. The Prairie Dog Town has around 5 to 6 inches. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: The Kokanee bite has been fairly good and some are being caught by anglers using Hali or Swedish Pimples and maggots or corn in 20 to 30 feet of water. The perch bite has been great, and they’re being picked up just off the bottom with similar ice jigs. There is around 7 to 8 inches of ice. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Walleye Kid

March 10, 2020 at 4:18 pm

*Note – this is the final report for the winter ice fishing season. Our fishing reports will resume in mid to late April when we start back up with our summer creel

Poor and deteriorating ice conditions currently exist due to unseasonably warm weather conditions. 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 near Shannon ramp and by Pond 4 where the ice is accessible. Small green, yellow or orange jigs tipped with maggots or wooly buggers seem to be working best. There is still some fishable ice on the north end, but the south end by the Silos has a lot of open water and accessing the ice from shore can be difficult. Ice conditions have been reported as 6 inches at Shannon, 8 inches at Duck Creek, 9 inches at the Silos and closer to the Ponds there is 8 inches. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Hauser: Shore Anglers have been picking up some nice Rainbows at the Causeway, York Bridge and Riverside below Canyon Ferry Dam. Most are having luck using egg sacks, night crawlers, wooly buggers and marabou jigs. No Safe Ice has been reported. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Holter: Shore and boat anglers are catching some nice rainbows at the Gates of the Mountains. Most shore anglers are doing well with worms, jigs or streamer flies. Boat anglers are having luck with various flies as well as pulling cowbells around. No Safe Ice has been reported on the lower part of the reservoir. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Open water – No safe ice. Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Troy Humphrey

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