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Ice fishing

Angler Lizzie Hoecksema landed this rainbow trout while ice fishing. 

Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable. Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support a vehicle to open water. Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice.

Canyon Ferry: Rainbow trout are being caught in the early morning from Pond 4 to the Silos area on the south end of the reservoir. Anglers are having success in 10 feet of water or less using black, white, and pink jigs or ice flies tipped with maggots. Yellow perch, and a few walleye, are being caught in 40 feet of water between Hole-in-the-Wall, Duck Creek Bay, and Confederate Bay using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots. Ice conditions have been reported at 8 to 12 inches from the south end of the reservoir to Confederate Bay and 4 inches at Shannon boat ramp near the dam. — Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena.

Hauser: Fishing is slow for all species. A few rainbows are being caught in the Causeway and at Black Sandy on jigs baited with maggots or worms and fished 6 feet below the ice. Rainbows are being caught from shore below Canyon Ferry Dam on worms. A few perch and an occasional walleye are being caught at the Causeway under the powerlines. The ice in the Causeway is 4 to 12 inches and Black Sandy has 8 to 10 inches of ice. — Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena.

Holter: Holter has 4 inches of soft ice. A few anglers are venturing out on it, but use extreme caution when doing so. No fishing report. — Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena.

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Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee action has slowed down with a few being caught while using jigs and maggots or corn at 20 feet below the ice in 20 to 30 feet of water. Small perch are being caught consistently just off the bottom in 10 to 25 feet of water throughout the reservoir. There is 13 inches of ice. — Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena.

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