It’s a bonanza out there for walleye fishermen, especially at Holter Reservoir. Angling for the fish has also improved at Hauser and Canyon Ferry reservoirs.
For river fishermen, the good news is that many streams affected by runoff are starting to drop and clear and could be nearing fishable status.
Canyon Ferry Reservoir: Rainbow trout fishing has slowed substantially over the past week. Shoreline anglers picked up a few on the north end using worms and marshmallows while boat anglers brought in some around White Earth, Confederate and Goose Bay trolling cranks and Rock ‘n’ Roll’s in 10-20 feet of water. Walleye fishing has really picked up throughout the reservoir. The south end bite is in full swing from Duck Creek around to Hole-in-the-Wall, but walleye are being caught throughout the reservoir. Concentrate jigging efforts on bay points and sunken islands in 15-30 feet of water and troll worm harnesses in 18-25 feet of water. Worms and leeches have been equally effective. Quite a few perch are being caught while seeking walleye. Expect the reservoir to be at or above full pool for a while. — FWP, Helena.
Hauser Reservoir: Rainbows fishing has slowed down with a few being caught while trolling cowbells around White Sandy and Devil’s Elbow. Walleye fishing is improving with some being caught around the Causeway Bridge on leeches or worms in the late evening. — FWP, Helena.
Holter Reservoir: Rainbow fishing has slowed up some, but trout are still being caught while trolling cowbells in the mornings throughout the reservoir around 20-25 feet deep. Shore fishing for rainbows has been slow. Walleye fishing is very good on worms or leeches at 15-25 feet deep around Cottonwood Creek, Split Rock and Holter Dam. Jigs and bottom bouncers have been equally productive. -FWP, Helena.
Missouri River, below Holter: Flow as of Wednesday was down to 16,400 cfs and the fish are eating good. Caddis hatches are great. Anglers are doing well fishing underneath foam, where caddis emergers are trapped. Use X caddis, Lawson caddis, caddis emergers and never sink caddis. PMDs are starting to show up — use sprout emergers and batwing emergers. For nymphs, use hot beat scuds, rainbow Czech nymphs, lightning bugs and San Juan worms. — Nick Lulow, Montana Fly Goods.