With the warm weather and wind, ice anglers need to be extra cautious when venturing out these days. With that in mind, here's Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Helena-area fishing report.
Canyon Ferry: Rainbow anglers are having continued success between Pond 4 and the Silos. The best bite has been early in the morning, but fish are being caught throughout the day. Black or green woolly buggers and pink or white jigs, tipped with maggots or worms, seem to be the bait of choice. Perch are still being picked up along the pressure ridge between Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek. Most fish are being caught in 35-40 feet of water using Hali Jigs, Swedish Pimples or Glo Hooks tipped with maggots. A few ling have been caught around White Earth in 70-80 feet of water. Ice conditions are 20-plus inches at Pond 4 and the Silos, 15-16 at Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek, 13-15 inches at White Earth and 8-10 on the North End. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser: Rainbow trout action was good at the Causeway, both through the ice and open water. Ice anglers are catching rainbows on pink ice jigs tipped with a maggot while the bait of choice for open water is night crawlers or marshmallows. Some rainbows are being picked up at Riverside, as well. Perch and walleye fishing are slow. Ice at the Causeway is 0 to 8 inches deep; however, it can be quite variable in spots. There is 14 inches of ice at Black Sandy. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
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Holter: Rainbows are being caught near the Holter Lake ramp and Black Beach in 12-15 feet of water. Pink or green ice jigs tipped with a maggot seem to be working best. A few burbot are being caught around Log Gulch in 40 feet of water at night while using night crawlers. Perch and walleye fishing is slow. There is 8 to 9 inches of ice near the Holter Lake ramp and around Log Gulch. Ice is breaking up along the shoreline, so use caution. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee fishing is slow with some salmon being caught on jigs and corn in 20-25 feet of water. There is 15-16 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena