Captain Mike’s Fish~N~Fun

Captain Norm’s Fish~N~Fun charters has been introducing families and fishing enthusiasts to the thrill of fishing Flathead Lake and Lake Koocanusa for many years. Captain Norm started with one boat and a desire to show clients how to have the most fun possible catching fish on these beautiful lakes in northwest Montana. Over time, Norm’s fleet of boats increased as he hired the best and most experienced fishing Captains in the lower forty-eight.

Captain Norm is still piloting his fishing boat and is available for charters, but he has turned over command to Captain Mike Jousma. Mike is a highly skilled fishing guide (Outfitter License #26230) with a 26’ fishing boat equipped with all the goodies. What Norm started continues to grow with Captain Mike at the helm.

One of the best things Captain Mike has announced is to offer charters to other local lakes in addition to Flathead Lake and Lake Koocanusa. This opens up opportunities to catch other fish species and see lakes and Montana scenery that few people ever get a chance to experience.

Captain Mike Fishing

Captain Mike is has lived in the Flathead Valley for over thirty-five years and has fished all over NW Montana for every species of fish. His addiction to fishing began at the tender age of six when he caught his first fish at Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Wyoming. Mike's degree in biology provides him with a well-rounded, advanced knowledge of local plants, birds, mammals, fish, terrestrial, and aquatic insects; his thirst for knowledge continues to this day.  He is extremely well-informed about the different species of fish found in our local lakes and rivers. 

Meet Captain Rod:  He has been fishing Flathead Lake for ten years and guiding clients here for eight. Captain Rod was born in Eastern Massachusetts and comes from ten generations of fishing family out of Cape Ann and Cape Cod. Over his lifetime, he moved continually westward, and after spending twenty years fishing on Lake Erie and Lake Michigan, finally arrived in Montana, where he soon found the “best Lake Trout fishery in the lower forty-eight” in Flathead Lake. Captain Rod is a laid-back fisherman who combines knowledge gained over the years with a gut-feel of what might work today. He’s in the game for the camaraderie of friends going fishing together, the love of the sport, and a boat ride in a beautiful setting.

Capt. Rod’s custom fishing boat is named Pescadora, it is a classic Cape Hatteras ocean-going design optimized and equipped for both inland waters and blue-water fishing offshore.  He has fished this boat in the Gulf Stream off the Florida Keys and fifty miles out in the Pacific Ocean off the Columbia River Bar.

Captain Rod
Fishing Boat Pescadora

Pescadora is rigged to catch all types of fish with four Cannon Digi-troll 10 downriggers, two Lee outriggers, and a Riviera planer-board system. Finding the fish offshore becomes the task of 4G Radar to find birds hovering over a feeding frenzy. Inshore and inland, that task falls to hybrid dual imaging Sonar and the triple threat of HDS-12, HDS-8 and Elite 7 Chirp displays.  A Honda 20hp trolling motor with Garmin TR-1 Autopilot make for a focused fishing machine. Powered by Volvo’s legendary 8.1 Liter fuel-injected inboard engine, this boat cruises at thirty knots, which means we get to the fish quickly. Space for up to six fisherman.

Pescadora sports four 8’6″ Tournament Innerflow trolling rods with Penn Warfare trolling reels, two more Innerflow rods with Daiwa Saltist Super-speed lead-core reels, two Shimano T2000 Charter special level-wind reels on Ugli-Stick rods and a pair of Quantum Cabo 80 Ocean spin-casting reels on Shakespeare Tiger-Lite rods.  On board is all USCG safety equipment, medical kits, and a cuddy cabin with enclosed head.