Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable on reservoirs. Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support a vehicle to open water. Extreme caution should be used.
Canyon Ferry: Rainbow fishing has been steady over the past couple weeks. The best bite continues to be early in the morning to the early afternoon between Pond 4 and the Silos. Look for rainbows in 2-10 feet of water using wooly buggers or ice jigs tipped with night crawlers or maggots. Yellow perch fishing continues to be spotty, but a few fish are being caught around the pressure ridge between Hole-in-the-wall and Duck Creek. Successful anglers are fishing in 30-40 feet of water using Glo Hooks, Swedish Pimples, Hali Jigs and other standard gear. Maggots, wax worms or night crawlers seem to work best. No report for ling or walleye. Ice conditions are 14-17 inches at Pond 4, the Silos, Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek, 10-12 inches at White Earth and 6-7 inches at Shannon. There is open water at Magpie Bay, Hellgate Bay and near the dam. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser: Rainbow action was good through the ice at Black Sandy using pink ice jigs tipped with maggots. A few rainbows are being caught below Canyon Ferry Dam while using nightcrawlers. Perch and walleye fishing are slow. Ice at the Causeway is unsafe due to last week's warm temperatures. There is 12 inches of ice at Black Sandy. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
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Holter: Rainbows are being caught near the Holter Lake ramp in 12-15 feet of water. Pink ice jigs tipped with a maggot seems to be working best. A few perch are being caught around Log Gulch in 40 feet of water. There is 6 inches of ice near the Holter Lake Ramp and 7 inches around Log Gulch. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing has improved with a few being caught on jigs and corn in 25-35 feet of water. There is 11-13 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena