The wet cool weather that has stuck around for the past week and a half hasn't helped with the walleye fishing over at Canyon Ferry Reservoir.
Fishing reports from Canyon Ferry are normally very good at this time of the year. But instead of a hot bite, they have focused more on the weather and how much rain and wind the area has received.
Look for the walleye fishing to pick up when the weather pattern becomes more stable.
Trout fishing on Canyon Ferry is still good. Downriver, Hauser Reservoir has also been producing some nice trout in the Causeway. On Holter Reservoir, trout fishing is also still good for trollers. Walleye fishing has been fair.
It seems that on all the lakes near Helena, the walleyes go on a bite for about 45 minutes per day. When they do, and if you are on top of them, you will get some action.
Tiber Dam, north of Great Falls and the home of the state record walleye, might be a better place to head for walleye anglers. Sarah, from Tiber Marina, said the walleye fishing has been good with some nice 16-to-19-inch fish being caught.
This weekend, June 14-15, the annual Tiber Walleye Tournament will be held. Organizers are expecting 100 teams to compete in this year's event.
In other fishing reports, Georgetown Lake has been producing some good rainbow trout fishing for both trollers and fly fishermen.
Big fishing news, in my opinion, is the kokanee salmon reports out of Bitterroot Lake, west of Kalispell. The salmon fishing is good and unlike the kokanee that are being caught on Lake Mary Ronan, which are small, these fish are in the 16-to-20-inch class.
"About one out of every five fish you catch are 16-20 inches," said Matt McCombs from Mo Fisch Charters. Bitterroot Lake is located 20 miles west of Kalispell and also holds some nice Kamloops trout. "The salmon are being caught in about 40 feet of water on the north end. Use Swedish pimples and pink glow hooks tipped with maggots and white corn."
Bow hunters also might want to head for the water Saturday. The annual Canyon Ferry Carp Safari is June 14. This event is sponsored by the Montana Bowhunters Association. The tourney is usually scheduled in the middle of the carp spawn when the fish are active and next to shore.
Shooting carp with a bow is a lot of fun. The safari will headquarter out of Silos Recreation Area. To enter or obtain more information, contact Joelle Selk at 475-3023. Entry fee is $15 person or $30 team.
Mark Ward's statewide Montana Outdoor Radio Show airs Saturdays from 6 to 8 a.m. in Missoula on KGVO 1290 AM. E-mail Ward at email@example.com.