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 fishing has slowed down, but successful anglers continue to find fish at shallow depths between Pond 4 and the Silos using jigs or flies tipped with worms or maggots. Yellow perch and a few walleye are being caught between Hole-in-the-Wall and Confederate Bay using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples, tipped with maggots, in 25 to 40 feet of water. Ice conditions from this past weekend were reported at 14 to 20 inches from Pond 4 to Hole-in-the-Wall and 10 to 12 inches at the Shannon Access boat ramp on the north end of reservoir. — Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena.
Hauser: Rainbow fishing is fair in the Causeway while using jigs and maggots or worms in 10 to 15 feet of water. Rainbows are also being caught in open water below Canyon Ferry Dam on worms. Perch, walleye and ling fishing are very slow. The ice in the Causeway is 12 to 14 inches and around Black Sandy there is 14 inches of ice. —Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena.
Holter: Perch fishing is good around Black Beach and the prairie dog town. Most perch are being caught in 45 to 50 feet of water on jigs and maggots or worms. These areas plus the Gates of the Mountains are producing a few rainbows as well on jigs and maggots 5 to 10 feet below the ice. A few ling are being picked up while perch fishing. There is 10 to 12 inches of ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp. — Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena.
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee action is good with the best action occurring while using Swedish Pimples or jigs tipped with maggots or corn in 35 feet of water. Perch are being caught just off the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water. There is 14 to 15 inches of ice. — Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena.