Q: Are you still planning trips with the COVID-19 Pandemic?
A: With all of the focus on COVID-19, I want to give folks assurance that Reel Therapy Charter Fishing is committed to serving our client base, and providing personalized high quality fishing charter experiences in Montana's great outdoors. What a better way to achieve 'social distancing' than experiencing Montana for a fishing charter. We are committed to ensuring the safety of our clients in every way possible, and look forward to serving you. I am certain that this situation will pass, and life will once again develop a sense of normalcy (even if that is a new normal). Send a message to check available dates, or just to chat about fishing! Stay well.
Q: Where are you located?
A: Our business is headquartered in Fort Peck Montana.
Q: How much does a fishing trip cost?
A: The cost of a fishing trip varies with many factors including: body of water to be fished, number of clients in the boat, and half-day vs. full-day booked trip. Please visit our "Charter Rates" page for additional information.
Q: Are one-half day guided trips available?
A: Yes, half-day trips are available, departing from the Fort Peck Marina, and targeting Chinook Salmon or Lake Trout only. Half-day trips are not available for clients targeting warm water species (walleye, northern pike, bass), or departing from any other launch location.
Q: Do you have lodging available?
A: No, we do not have lodging available for clients. We have many local partners who we recommend you contact for available lodging. Please be certain that your requested dates are available before booking your lodging accommodations. Check out the “Recommended by Vern” page for our partners.
Q: What is included in the guided trip?
A: Your guide will provide everything you need for the fishing experience. Boat, rods, reels, lures, and bait will be provided. We have a cooler for your day use if needed for your lunch and drinks. At the end of your fishing day, your guide will process your catch for you (clean and package in plastic zip-lock; vacuum packaging may be available for an additional charge).
Q: What should I bring with me on my guided trip?
A: We recommend that you bring appropriate outdoor clothing for the day (i.e. rain gear, hat, sunglasses), plenty of drinks (water and Gatorade are recommended, alcohol is acceptable but please limit the quantity), a sack lunch (if you decide to bring your personal cooler please limit the size to a 48 quart or smaller), and don’t forget your fishing license.
Q: What time do you leave the dock in the morning?
A: The morning departure time is generally 7:00 am. However, the departure time may be modified for a variety of reasons, including: weather (i.e. thunderstorm, wind, heat), client request (earlier or later), expected distance to travel on the water, and time of day to coincide with the most productive fishing.
Q: How many hours do you fish each day?
A: We provide our clients with at least nine hours of on the water time per day. The only exceptions would be if dangerous weather approached, or in the case of a one-half day trip.
Q: How many people can you take on the boat?
A: To provide for the best overall experience for our fishing clients we limit our group size to a maximum of three people per boat. For groups larger than three people, multiple boats would be needed. For your best overall fishing experience, we strongly recommend having two clients in the boat with the guide.
Q: Should I give my guide a gratuity?
A: The generosity of a tip is a great way to compliment your guide. The amount recommended for gratuity is entirely up to the client. When determining the amount you are planning for gratuity, consider the overall experience of the day in addition to the size of your catch.
Q: What size of fish can I keep?
A: We encourage our clients to practice selective harvest. Our encouragement of releasing the large fish is to help in protecting the resource for the future. The decision to keep or release a fish (of any size) is that of the angler who caught it, however our guides will provide some guidelines for recommended fish sizes to keep. Generally speaking, the larger fish are the females who provide eggs for reproduction at our hatcheries or naturally in the lake. Any fish of trophy class, we strongly recommend either be kept as a trophy or released back into the water. Most larger fish of each species are not the best quality table fair, can have some concerns for health if consumed to often, and provide a significant contribution to maintaining the population of young fish. The size of trophy class fish is different for every species. I encourage you to reference the results of a study completed by our neighbors in Canada (They are posted below). I have additionally included a link "Here" to the consumption guidelines provided by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (opens as a PDF check your download folder if not visible).