In spite of all the heat and smoke around Helena lately there are still some very good fishing opportunities available for anglers who are willing to put up with the conditions.
Canyon Ferry has been producing some very good walleye action for anglers looking for some smaller fish to take home and enjoy. Large fish have not been common but smaller fish have been very willing to eat a nightcrawler trolled behind a bottom bouncer or on a Lindy Rig. Vertical jigging has been producing some walleyes as well with a jig tipped with a nightcrawler.
Holter continues to offer some excellent perch fishing with the occasional walleye or rainbow showing up to make it interesting. Most of the perch action has been produced by vertical jigging with jigging spoons and nightcrawlers.
Hauser Lake has been producing some trout and walleye action mostly from the York Bridge to Canyon Ferry Dam. The Causeway Arm is suffering from very warm water and the resulting algae growth leading most anglers to venture elsewhere on the reservoir. The best fishing for both trout and walleye has been very early or late in the day. Trolling with crankbaits has been effective as well as trolling with bottom bouncers and nightcrawlers.
The streams around Helena have been fishing very well with a fly rod but conditions are getting excessively warm on a number of the streams resulting in “Hoot-Owl” restrictions. Please check the Montana FWP web site for current restrictions. Hoppers are beginning to show up at lower elevations and the trout will be eating them them soon.
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 at the proper depth for the salmon.