Fishing report: The crowds are gone, but the fish aren’t

I do enjoy the company of most people, I swear.

But if I were given a choice between meeting up with a group of people at some sort of adult function versus spending a weekend alone on the river, I’d choose the latter.

September through mid-October boasts some of the best fishing Montana has to offer.

Along with the reduced angling pressure while out on the water, we will also welcome some cooler weather. This means the fish are more active and we don’t have to get up at 4:30 a.m. to beat the heat.

Holter Reservoir — Rainbow trout fishing has been good throughout the reservoir while trolling cowbells with lead core line or running brightly colored crankbaits during the early morning hours. Walleye and perch action has been great while jigging with crawlers in 15-25 feet of water around the docks at the public boat ramps, the Clay Banks, Mann Gulch, Cottonwood Creek and around weed beds and other points. A few kokanee can be found during the early morning or late evening hours toward the lower end of the reservoir while trolling flashers tipped with a spinner and shoepeg corn in 40-60 feet of water. — FWP, Helena.

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