Western Montana ice fishing report for the week of Jan. 16

Matthew Kiewiet

From Montana FWP: Ice fishing is a great way (and we would argue, the best way) to get outside and spend the day in the winter. But remember, no ice is 100% safe, and no fish, no matter how big, is worth your life. Take if from FWP’s Stacy Schmidt – crayfish hunter by night, ice safety technician by day – and her team at Lewis and Clark Search and Rescue.

Canyon Ferry Reservoir – Rainbows are being caught from the Silos south to the Ponds in 10-15 feet of water on pink, brown or black jigs with worms or maggots. Walleye and perch are being caught around Hole in the Wall and mid-reservoir between the Silos and Duck Creek in 30 feet of water while using Hali jigs or red, yellow or orange jigs tipped with maggots, worms or perch eyes. Stay away from the pressure ridges on the south end of the reservoir. There is 18-20 inches of ice from the Silos down to the ponds, 10-15 inches of ice around Duck Creek and the north end has 3-5 inches of ice. – FWP, Helena

Kicking Horse Reservoir – Pike, trout and bass have been active. Anything

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