Where to Fish Hauser Reservoir


Hauser Lake is a 3,200 acre reservoir on the Missouri River created by Hauser Dam. The lake yields rainbow and brown trout, walleye and perch. It is an extremely popular take-off point for weekend boating, fishing, and water skiing. There are scenic public campgrounds on Hauser Lake, White Sandy (BLM), Devil's Elbow (BLM), Riverside (BOR) and a few yards further Black Sandy State Park (MFWP).

Special Notices & Closures 

Fishing Report for the week of 01/20/2020

Anglers are picking up some nice Rainbows at the Causeway. Most are having luck fishing various ice jigs with maggots 6 to 8 feet below the ice. The Power Line area of the Causeway Arm is producing a few Walleye and Burbot, jigging near the bottom with crawlers. Rainbows are also showing up out from Black Sandy. Ice conditions have been reported as 4 inches at the Causeway and 8 inches out from Black Sandy.

Size: 3,200.1 acres
Elevation: 3,647.4 ft
Directions: Causeway - 7 miles north of Helena on I-15 at mile marker 200, then 5 miles east on Hwy 453. York Bridge - East of Helena on York Road (Secondary 280) 13 miles.
Status of the Fishery: Spring Angling Opportunities - Hauser Reservoir, including Lake Helena, is home to some unique fishing opportunities in the Helena Area, especially in the spring. Annually, yellow perch, walleye, and rainbow trout, all spring spawners, draw anglers to the river below Canyon Ferry Dam and Lake Helena. In the river below Canyon Ferry Dam, shoreline anglers do well on the east shore near Riverside Campground (Bureau of Reclamation) and on the west shore, via Eagle Bay Drive, for both rainbow trout and walleye from approximately late March through June. Boat anglers have access below Canyon Ferry Dam via the boat ramp at Riverside Campground and have excellent opportunities for rainbow trout and walleye in the spring from the dam to Spokane Creek Bay. In Lake Helena, its shallow, turbid water allow it to warm quickly in the spring, which draws yellow perch and walleye up from the Causeway Arm of Hauser Reservoir to spawn. Peak spring angling opportunities occur from late March through late May or until increased vegetation growth prevents angling success. Shoreline anglers have success in the spring on Lake Helena at the Causeway Fishing Access Site (FAS) and boat access is limited to the Lake Helena FAS (FAS) boat ramp. Be aware that Lake Helena is very shallow (less than 10 feet deep) and a no-wake restriction is in place most of the year to protect waterfowl production. Record Walleye Numbers - Hauser Reservoir has been home to a high abundance of walleye over the past decade. A record high abundance was established in 2015 (10 walleye per net) and 2018 (10.1 walleye per net) and a new record was established in 2019 (11.1 walleye per net). Liberal walleye regulations – 20 daily, only 1 over 25 inches; possession is twice the daily limit – remain in place to allow anglers a chance to help FWP bring the population to within more manageable levels. Angler harvest is a key fisheries management tool used by FWP when fish abundance is too high, fish size is too small, and forage fish levels are low. Liberal limits remain in place to protect forage fish (e.g., yellow perch) and grow bigger walleye, so do your part out there and harvest walleye.
Township/Range/Section: 11N 2W 14
Latitude/Longitude: 46.70698 -111.81725
FWP Region: Region 4 
County: Lewis & Clark
Fishing District: Central
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Year Species Abbrv Length Weight M/C Count Sex Mort Hook Scar Disease Scales Otolith Fin Clip Tag Comment Genetics Age Stomach Intercept Slope Gear Equipment Trip Date Pass/Run Water Section Lat/Down Lon/Down Lat/Up Lon/Up
Year Angler Days Std. Error
2017 36948 8116
2015 43053 5514
2013 32733 3832
2011 42260 4094
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This waterbody has a fish consumption advisory. Please see the link for guidelines.

Fish Consumption Guidelines (PDF)