A Day Fishing on Lake Koocanusa – WOW!

Lake Koocanusa Fishing Charter Report

Yesterday, Norm asked me how our Saturday charter on Lake Koocanusa went down... Can you say "WOW"?

I did a quick mental calculation and said we had about 23 hook-ups and must have about 18 in the boat. This was a big mistake. I calculated this because I remembered we used all of my offshore releases (12) and 7 of my Laurvick releases (8 of 15 still on board at the end of the day). We had recycled the starboard planer for 5 more offshore releases and 2 Laurvick (these also used up). The clients called it quits with the starboard planer spread down two rigs.

So... that means we had a total of "only" 22 hook-ups.....On the planer boards alone.     Sorry, Norm... forgot to include down-rigger and lead-core in that total. Riggers at 30 and 32 feet, lead-core running at about 20ft and planer rigs about 10ft.

One short of limit-out on 22+" Kamloops, Most of those over 24 inches and 5-6lbs.  Biggest of 7 or 8 bulls around 7lb and 28".  Two Gerards, one over 22" (barely) that sort of released himself, during the double-check measuring process.

Hot lures: 88 and 101 Lymans were responsible for much of the damage. It was very bright day, and the very bright pink and white was hot. 70 (white) and 28 (yellow, black and red) where no-shows for the first time. Lead core run out to 130 on the line counters were super effective and counted for more than 40% of the fish, and much of the larger fish. Had I had just these two lines alone out, it would have been a successful day.  Down-riggers picked up a five pound Kamloop 30 feet under the boat! That does not happen often. Downriggers had maybe four hook-ups and all but one came over the transom.

I know we lost some fish and had only one fake release on the Laurvicks. Once came off so close to net, the net guy actually hit the fish with the rim after it came off. One down-rigger fish dashed across and wrapped the second downrigger line, generating a tangle and coming off in the ensuing confusion behind the boat. We didn't know who had the fish on. I don't remember lead-core losing any fish at all. All but six Kamloops were released. All Bulls and Gerards were released, one of those unintentionally.

We were too busy reeling in fish to monitor the video, but here is an edited version of the highlights from our day fishing on Koocanusa!  If this sounds like something you would like to do, book your Lake Koocanusa fishing charter today!

Lake Trout on Flathead Lake

Fishing on the Flathead is Fabulous!

Monday Fishing Charter on Flathead Lake

On Monday, Angela Sanderson and her dad Bill Sanderson joined us for one of our Monday charters on Flathead Lake. In the first pic they are holding two of the six fish caught on this charter. The other photo is Bill Sanderson holding the “catch of the day“, a 30 inch Bull Trout. Picture was taken, and the Bull was safely released and swam away strong. What an awesome fishing trip!

Angela Sanderson and her dad Bill Sanderson fishing on Flathead Lake

 Tuesday Fishing Charter

On Tuesday we landed 10 fish and six were released. In no particular order, these photos show… Caleb Fuller holding one of three of the 28 inch Lakers on Tuesday. Thomas Kehl holding one of the 4 lake trout that were kept for eating. Caleb Fuller holding a 34.5 inch beauty. A great slot fish for a photo and release.  Catherine Kehl holding the fish of the day, a 35 inch beauty.

May fishing on the Flathead is HOT!

We hooked ten that were on the line at least half way to the boat, and a minimum of 12 fish missed that never hooked up. In other words, lots of action. Great clients on both trips. If you’re thinking that this looks like fun, contact us to book your fishing charter quickly as spaces are filling up throughout the summer.

Flathead Lake April Fishing Report

Do you think it’s too cold to go fishing?

A lot of people think that fishing is a summertime activity. If you think about it the fish never stop eating and those of you who enjoy ice fishing know that it can be a lot of fun. And yes, being out on the water on a chilly day can be a challenging experience. The chill off that water can go right to the bones.  However…

If you have ever fished with Capt. Norm you know that cold weather or choppy water are never a problem. We operate some of the largest commercial fishing boats on the Flathead. Some of our boats have heated cabins and our ocean rated so we are always ready for anything the Flathead or the weatherman can throw at us.

April Fishing Report

One great example of this is our trip yesterday. It was chilly and overcast and the seas were choppy, but the fish were ravenous and loved everything we threw at them. The Lake Trout fishing is excellent right now; we pulled in 8 Lakers in less than two hours. The fish were perfect eating size and very healthy with lots of flight time in the water. The photos below will give you an idea of the fun we had fishing on Flathead Lake yesterday, April 3rd.

Plan some fun fishing with us!

If this sounds like fun to you give the Capt. a call and book your fishing charter. I would encourage you to call soon as some of our prime fishing days are filling up. Call 406-250-6246!

Fishing the Flathead Valley – Cabela’s Fishing Seminar

Fishing the Flathead Valley

Last Saturday (4-5-2014) the captains from Captain Norm’s Fish~N~Fun gave a fishing seminar at Cabela’s in Kalispell. Four of us were on hand to talk about how to make the most of fishing the Flathead Valley lakes and rivers.

Cabela's Fishing Seminar

Yours truly talked about how to fish the north end of Flathead Lake. We talked about trolling using downriggers and if you will watch the video below you’ll learn some great fishing secrets and some tips you can use to fill your cooler with fresh fish.  Captain Shawn followed my presentation and talked about fishing and jigging the south end of Flathead lake.

Captain Rod Rogers gave us the inside tips for fishing Lake Koocanusa. He discussed the use of ‘planer boards’ and how to lure those skittish Rainbows and other fish to your bait. Captain Mike talked about other local lakes and shared some great fishing tips.

We will be holding another fishing seminar at Cabela’s in a few weeks so be sure to subscribe to this blog and like us on Facebook so that you don’t miss anything.


Flathead Lake Fishing Report – October

As you can see, these ladies had a great time fishing Flathead Lake last Sunday. The weather was not optimum, in fact it was downright ugly with wind, fog, a choppy lake and 35 degrees, but having a heated cabin meant that everyone was comfortable. The gals hooked 9 fish and landed 6 – everyone reeled in at least one Lake Trout.

Charene Herrera, the morning DJ at “103.1 The River” in Kalispell, booked a charter for a few friends and they weren’t bothered by the weather – we had a blast; Captain Rod made sure of that.

While we were fishing near the shore of Wild Horse Island, we got to see some of the horses come down to the lake for a drink of water.  A while later we were treated to seeing a family of Bald Eagles that seemed to be watching our every move.

If this video proves anything it is that you can fish Flathead Lake in virtually any weather.  Captain Norm’s fishing boat is equipped with a heated cabin and even a private bathroom. If the lake isn’t frozen, we can go fishing.