Mike Ostrander

Capt. Mike loves the James River.  If he's not guiding for catfish or leading a Bald Eagle Tour, he's probably fishing from his gheenoe for smallmouth bass, or just flipping rocks investigating the abundant life beneathe them. 

Trained in 1997 by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries as an Angling Instructor, Capt. Mike now operates Discover the James and the James River Fishing School.  In 2001 he attained his USCG Captain's License to include the tidal James, and in 2012 achieved his Master's Captain's license and is also currently the Captain of the James River Association's "Spirit of the James", a 40 foot educational pontoon boat located at Jordan Point in Hopewell, VA.  

He is a recipient of the "Steward of the James" award, presented by the James River Advisory Council, and named a "River Hero" by the Friends of James River Park. Capt. Mike truly loves the James River, but when he's sharing his passion of it with others, that's where he excels and if you are with him, you can tell he's loving every minute of it.

 

Capt. Mike's recommeded websites:

Department of Game and Inland Fisheries  Goes without saying ... the best site for fishing information statewide.

James River Real Time waterflow - Westham Guage  Excellent source for river level. 

National Weather Map  This is a great site to see real time the weather that is heading our way.

James River Links  This page is full of links to historical events on the James River.