Fishing report: When in doubt, ask someone who knows

Matthew Kiewiet

You know something?

It turns out the advice I receive each week for this report actually works pretty well.

On Monday, my wife and I met up with her family at Canyon Ferry Reservoir. They’d rented the group a pontoon boat for the day.

As I had learned from compiling the statewide fishing report, the walleye bite had been pretty good at Canyon Ferry. And as I remembered from walleye fishing with my grandparents in Minnesota as a young lad, it’s hard to find a better tasting fish.

The only problem was I hadn’t fished for walleye since I was about 12 years old. I had some memories and none of the necessary equipment. 

But thanks to the email I receive each week from the Helena FWP, I had some guidance. We purchased a bottom bouncer, crawler harnesses, an assortment of jigs, worms and leeches, and off we went.

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After exiting the marina it took about 30 seconds to locate the bottom with my worm harness rigged with leeches, and bingo! Another minute later we had our first walleye on board. Before the wind made the lake unfishable, we

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