Fishing with Hooked on Montana, Somers MT

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

Recently some friends were visiting and we decided to try "Hooked on Montana," a fishing company located just south of Kalispell MT in a town called Somers (pronounced "Summers"). We booked a five hour excursion with Erik, and arrived at 7am on the day of our reservation. So here's how the day went.

 

 

Hooked on Montana is located at 5463 US-93, about 15 minutes south of the center of Kalispell. When we arrived at 7am, we were directed straight to the boat which was located at the end of the pier. We hopped on board, completed some necessary paperwork and disclosures, and then off we went. Our guide was Erik, and he let us choose whether we wanted to go after lake trout or whitefish. We chose the trout and headed out to our starting point for trolling.

 

Fishing with Hooked on Montana photo of Erik fixing up the linesYou don't have to bring any fishing equipment with you. Erik's got plenty of poles and bait. He originally set up six poles, and a little while later added four more. Once the fish started biting, he changed out a few of the lures, but basically we slowly moved through the water and just watched for the rods to move. And when they did, we jumped up and started reeling them in. It was as simple as that!

 

For the first few hours, we were getting bites fairly regularly. Three fish got away, but then we were able to reel in four "eating" sized fish and three "too big" fish. Fish between certain lengths (I think it was 30-36" but I'm not positive) are at a prime breeding age so those are sent back to make more fish. And then fish that are even bigger than that are old. Some of the fish in the lake can be 50-100 years old. They apparently aren't tasty, so we sent those back as well. But what fun to pull them in!

 

Erik also fillets the fish for you, so he did that during the last few hours of the trip, when the waters were calm, the poles were silent, and conversation was rich. We learned all about the history of various fish and shrimp in the lake and talked about recent weather and local happenings.

 

A few other items of interest. There are no bathrooms on board the boat, so make sure you do your duty prior to taking off (there is a porto potty on the side of the business building). The charter does supply water for drinking, so you don't need to bring that with you. And if you are planning on bringing home filleted fish, you may wish to bring a cooler with ice just in case. Also, final note, the charter is not in charge of the weather or desire of the fish to bite! So while we had an amazing time, there aren't any guarantees about the fun factor.

 

So the bottom line? We would definitely recommend taking a fishing charter with Hooked on Montana. It'll be a lot of fun! For more information, check out Hooked on Montana at their website or call them at 406-885-0105.  

 

This was originally posted at thehousekat.com.

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eXp Realty LLC

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

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Comments (26)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you Wendy Rulnick !

Sep 04, 2021 12:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Kat- what wonderful fun!!!  I do love to fish!!! And someday, remind me to tell you about having to answer mother nature's call while on our bass boat. 

Sep 04, 2021 01:14 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I can't wait to hear that story, Kathy Streib !!!!

Sep 04, 2021 03:06 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat it has been four decades since I did something like that and I still have great memories of the day:)Endre

Sep 04, 2021 11:48 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Endre Barath, Jr. - It was a lot of fun! I would love to do it again.

Sep 05, 2021 04:59 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kat - sometimes it's visitors who can prompt us to share new experiences in our own "backyard".  This seems to be another of those Somers Montana adventures that could easily qualify as a return trip for area residents and those not from the area alike.  

Sep 05, 2021 05:01 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Sounds like a good day with friends Kat.  Great shout out for Erik with Hooked on Montana.  Mark

Sep 05, 2021 06:09 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint !

Sep 05, 2021 06:26 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Michael Jacobs - so true! When people come to visit, we make a point to take them to see or do interesting things. That makes it fun for us as well!

Sep 05, 2021 06:27 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That definitely seems like the way to go and I really enjoyed the video that you put together for the excursion!

Sep 05, 2021 06:50 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat, your fishing looks like SO MUCH FUN!  Love fishing.   What kind of fish were you cathing?

Sep 05, 2021 07:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you Brian England - it was fun!

Joan Cox - those were lake trout. We were trolling at about 60 feet down. It was a great day!

Sep 05, 2021 12:04 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good afternoon Kat! Sounds like a lovely way to spend the day!

Sep 05, 2021 01:47 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It was, Rocky Dickerson !!!

Sep 05, 2021 03:21 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This is one of those things I can still learn a few things about, so thank you for posting, Kat

Sep 05, 2021 10:09 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for stopping by and reading, Laura Cerrano !

Sep 06, 2021 05:05 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

We only recently got into this fun sport Kat with some family members who are obsessed with it. Glad you had a great time!

Sep 06, 2021 05:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I did, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - we were lucky the weather and fish cooperated!

Sep 06, 2021 05:33 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Kat, sounds like fun and Erik even fillet the fish, how good is that.  Hooked on Montana, must remember that.

 

Sep 07, 2021 09:06 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes, Will Hamm we left the boat with a bag of fillets!

Sep 07, 2021 10:05 AM