Family Fun Fishing on Flathead Lake

Fish~N~Fun on Flathead Lake for the Whole Family

The question often is: will the kids have fun? Here’s a morning and early afternoon on Flathead Lake with Avalon (6), Autumn (8) and Sienna (10). Nice day. Warm and sunny. Caught a few fish. Did they have fun? You decide.

Planning a family vacation is always a challenge. Let’s face it, fun for adults and fun for kids means different things unless you choose an outing that is guaranteed to make everyone happy. A day on Flathead Lake is one of those adventures that will please mom and dad and kids of all ages. Everyone enjoys a boat ride and when that ride includes some of the best scenery to be had anywhere and some of the best fishing in the USA, choosing a fishing charter on Flathead Lake is the ticket.

Give your family a day they will remember for the rest of their lives, book a fishing charter with Captain Norm’s Fish~N~Fun. You’ll have a great time and your kids will have a blast.  Also remember, we offer Flathead Lake tours and trips to Wild Horse Island where you can picnic, hike and take photos of the wildlife. Click here to book your Flathead Lake Fishing Charter or call 406-250-6246.

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Flathead Lake – Ready for the Hot Summer Bite?

The Fish are Biting!

Each season Flathead Lake fisherman wait with anticipation for that June event that marks the beginning of the hot summer bite. When the water warms to the upper fifties, and the run-off begins to slow, mud settles out and the apex predators move in to feed on smolts of all species.

Last week, even earlier this week, the confluence of the Swan and Flathead Rivers pushed a mud-line down into the lake and the fish were non-existent anywhere around the delta. Results from a six-boat charter out of Flathead Lodge indicated that not many fish were landed. I wasn’t invited to that party, but the general consensus was that the moment had not yet arrived.

So it was with some trepidation that I took a couple of clients over to the delta today. Surprise! The water had cleared and with surface temps breaking into the upper fifties, an abundance of bait stacked top to bottom, it looked like it might be a good day. And so it was.

Fish are feeding shallow, no matter the depth. Working downriggers stacked from 55ft to 100ft will yield fish, but the bite is not yet hot at those depths. What works is getting the lure away from the boat. I use lead-core rigs with 6-10 colors out at 1.7mph. This presents the lure thirty to fifty feed down, but fifty to a hundred yards away from the boat. A pair of lead-core rigs caught as many fish as four downriggers…and as in past years, the boat-shy big fish preferred the distant lures.  Remember…shallow. We witnessed a slot or larger Mack roll on the surface about ten yards from the boat as we passed by.

Lime green, white and silver flies behind chrome flashers seemed to be the trick today. I did note that the Spin Doctor was hot again this year. Got to get me more of those.

The results of our Flathead Lake fishing trip

Fishing Lake Koocanusa for Bull Trout

Whoever said the devil’s in the details had that right. A week ago, an excursion to Lake Koocanusa was marked by a lot of strikes, or so we thought. We boated several fish, but the number of releases, or suspected strikes, outnumbered the fish caught by an extraordinary margin.

We wondered what we might be doing differently, or wrong. Turns out the answer was not in procedure, but rather in equipment. This year, we re-spooled with Tuffline’s XP Indicator braid as an aid to determining set-back from the planer releases. Tests have demonstrated that XP flattens even under light loads, becoming more like a ribbon, which allowed the line to gradually slip out of the jaws of the release.
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Rework on the releases solved that problem. Instead of false alarms, we hooked up and it’s now fish-on! Nothing like a determined big Bull begrudging every bit of line retrieved, or a muscle-bound rainbow going airborne in an attempt to shake that hook. Lake Koocanusa fishing continues to be wildly exciting.

Fishing Lake Koocanusa

A Rainbow Trout Reward

Scroll down to see the video from this Koocanusa fishing trip!

Planer boards allow you to cover a huge swath of water when fishing for top-feeding species like Rainbow Trout, Bull Trout orKamloops. Our spread here extends fifty yards on either side of the boat, allowing us to fish over depths from twenty to a hundred and fifty with ever pass. It’s an exceptionally productive practice.

We’ve said before that a bad day of fishing beats…well…just about anything. What does a good day of fishing look like. Sun, mid-sixties, no wind and a good bite. Sound about right? We had all that a couple of days ago on one of our favorite places—LakeKoocanusa in Northwest Montana.

The fishing was excellent, the catching less so. Almost forty strikes in eight hours, but ninety percent failed to hook-up. We weren’t the only one with this problem that day. Part of the issue may have been water temperatures in the high thirties and part of it may have had to do with exceptional clarity due to the mirror-like surface. Look at the following picture and you can see the underside of the bow reflected as an undistorted reflection while trolling at three miles per hour. Amazing.

Perhaps slowing down might have helped, or maybe a little more cloud cover. Whatever. The bite was definitely on and fishing is fishing, even if it’s not quite catching.

The video below takes you out on that wonderful place: Lake Koocanusa. Enjoy.

If you want to try your hand at fishing Flathead Lake or Lake Koocanusa, give us a call and schedule a fishing charter.

Call 406-250-6246 to schedule your Lake Koocanusa fishing trip

There are NO bad fishing days!

A bad day of fishing beats a good day at work…or so the old saw goes. What does that mean when your work is fishing? You decide. Take a look at this video and remember, this is March…in Montana and yet it’s sixty degrees out there and with no wind. We only caught one fish and it was small. Hard to feel bad about that though…especially after a hundred and eighty days of cabin fever, even if we did miss the bite.

The good news? The little guy, Johnny Carl, caught the fish. His dad handed him the rod to dig a bottle of water out of the cooler and that’s all it took.

Schedule your Flathead Lake fishing charter TODAY!

Call 406-250-0646 to schedule your Flathead Lake fishing charter TODAY!

Call the Captain and book your charter. Don’t leave it to chance because we’re plugging holes in our calendar throughout the summer.  Make sure the date you want is still available, call or email to reserve your fishing trip on Flathead Lake or Lake Koocanusa.