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Helena-area fishing report

Helena-area fishing report

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Kokanee salmon

Kokanee salmon

Snagging season for Kokanee Salmon opens

Canyon Ferry: The walleye action has been really good between Confederate and Pond 1 and south of Broadwater Bay while using bottom-bouncers with green or white spinner blades and a worm in 10-15 feet of water.

Perch are being picked up around pond 1 by anglers fishing with walleye tackle. Rainbows are being caught from shore between Confederate and Duck Creek and while trolling in 15 feet of water with cowbells or spoons. As reservoir elevations continue to drop, ramps will become unusable.

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Hauser: Fishing for rainbows from shore has picked up at the Causeway, Riverside and York Bridge. Floating jigs with nightcrawlers, Power Bait and Mepps spinners are working well.

Trolling cowbells and wedding ring combos Lakeside to the Dam is also producing good numbers of rainbows. Walleye and perch action has slowed down but a few are still being picked up in and around the Causeway Arm while pitching jigs/vertical jigging or trolling crawler harnesses near points or weed beds. 

Holter: Trolling on the lower end of the reservoir for rainbows has been good. Orange or brown crankbaits and cowbells have been working well. Some nice perch are being found while pitching jigs in and around weed beds near Ming Bar. Smaller perch are being caught around the boat docks.

A few walleye are being found while pulling bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses with leeches or crawlers on the lower end of the reservoir. 

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: The snagging season for Kokanee Salmon opened on Sept. 1 and will run through Oct. 31. Limits are 35 salmon daily with 70 in possession. 


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Canyon Ferry: Walleye action picked up this past weekend with the best results being while slowly trolling bottom bouncers, Lindy or Slow Death rigs along the west shore from Hole-in-the-wall to Pond 4 in 15 to 25 feet of water.

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