Fishing Report

The Fishing around Helena as we enter summer is very good in most of the reservoirs while most of the streams remain high with limited fishing opportunity.

Holter has been providing the most consistent action lately with anglers reporting good action on perch, walleyes and rainbow trout. The perch are primarily responding to vertical jigging with a jig tipped with a nightcrawler or leech. Walleyes have been caught by these same methods as well as Lindy Rigs and bottom bouncers. The trout fishing between Hauser Dam and the Gates of the Mountains has been very good with fly fishermen reporting success with a nymph under an indicator and spin fishermen throwing marabou jigs. Extra care should be exercised wading right now as the flows remain above normal below Hauser Dam.

Anglers targeting walleye in Hauser Lake have been reporting some success fishing in the Causeway Arm. Jigging with leeches has been the most popular method but Lindy Rigs and bottom bouncers have been working also. Bank fishermen have been doing well fishing for rainbows below Canyon Ferry Dam using nightcrawlers or marabou jigs.

 Canyon Ferry Reservoir has been producing some walleye action but it has not been consistent as the South end of the reservoir remains turbid and below normal temperature due to higher than normal flows into the reservoir. Most of the success has been reported by anglers fishing bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers.

The kokanee salmon in the Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir have been biting well. A number of anglers have reported catching limits of salmon trolling wedding rings tipped with white corn behind dodgers. Lead core line or a downrigger is a big help in trolling the proper depth for the salmon.

With the exception of the Missouri River below Holter Dam we are several weeks away from good fly fishing on the local streams due to high flows.

~Bart Bratlien