Ice fishing

A bucket of ice fishing supplies sits on the ice at Lake Elmo State Park as part of an ice fishing workshop put on the by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable. Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice.

Canyon Ferry: Rainbow trout continue to be caught near shore on the south end of the reservoir using ice jigs and flies tipped with worms or maggots. Yellow perch, and a few walleye, are being caught in 35 feet of water out from Hole-in-the-Wall using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots. Ice conditions have been reported at 14 to 16 inches from the south end of the reservoir to Confederate Bay and 10 inches near the dam. — Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena.

Hauser: Fishing continues to be slow for all species. A few rainbows are being caught in the Causeway on jigs and 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 6 to 12 inches and Black Sandy has 12 inches of ice. — Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena.

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Holter: The perch bite is inconsistent with some anglers doing well around the Prairie Dog Town or Indian Trail areas in 40 to 50 feet of water. An occasional rainbow is being caught. Holter has 10 inches of ice with a combination of slush and snow on top. — Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena.

Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee action is slow with a few being caught while using jigs and maggots or corn at 20 feet below the ice in 25 to 35 feet of water. Small perch are being caught consistently just off the bottom in 15 to 25 feet of water throughout the reservoir. There is 14 inches of ice. — Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena.

Online — Try clicking on the waterbody names. They are each linked to FWP’s FishMT waterbody pages. Each linked page is filled with waterbody specific information like stocking details, survey data, and who to contact.

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