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Fishing Report

Helena area fishing report 10/17/2013

Fall is here and the fish are definitely responding to the cooler water temperatures. The reports have been very positive in the Helena area lately for Rainbow and Brown Trout fishing in the large reservoirs and on the Missouri.

The Missouri River below Holter Dam has been fishing very well for fly fishermen stripping olive or black buggers or floating a blue-wing olive dry on the overcast days. As the water in the river clears and cools the fish seem to sense that winter is coming and feed accordingly.

The walleye fishermen have been reporting some success trolling perch colored crankbaits on the south end of Canyon Ferry in 8 to 15 feet of water. There have also been reports of walleyes biting below Hauser Dam around dusk on jigs or Husky Jerks.

Anglers trolling for rainbows on Hauser or Canyon Ferry have been doing well with a floating Rapala size 9 in rainbow trout or perch color. The trout have been suspending within 10 feet of the surface now that the water has returned to a temperature they are comfortable with.