Mike Howe: Howe's Fishing

COLUMN: Gather all your intel before fishing new waters

May 12, 2016 at 4:00 am

A few columns back, I wrote about why I conduct seminars and how lucky we are in the Flathead Valley to have so many experienced anglers, guides and charter captains who are willing to give their time and share their experiences to help mak...

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COLUMN: Fishing picks up with change in weather

April 28, 2016 at 4:00 am

Wow, did that weather last week kick the fishing into gear across the valley! Near record temps for three to four days will do that, especially in the springtime. Most of our lakes lost their ice in late February, but waiting for almost si...

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COLUMN: Psst! Do you want to know a secret?

March 31, 2016 at 5:00 am

Many folks ask me, “Why do you give seminars? Aren’t you giving away all your secrets”? I am one of the first to admit, there aren’t many secrets in my world because when we take a client out, it’s all there for them to see. They tell two ...

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Ice fishing’s over; time for open water

March 02, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Well, the 2015-16 ice fishing season has seemingly come to an abrupt close, after not much of a start. Ask anyone who has lived in the valley for 30 years or so, and they will all say the same thing, that they “can’t remember ever seeing a...

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Three tips to proper sonar use

January 07, 2016 at 4:16 pm

If there is one thing that most ice anglers will agree on, it is that a quality sonar unit will help you catch more fish. I am not talking about those anglers (and you know who you are) who insist they do not need a fish finder to catch fis...

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Last-minute gift ideas for anglers

December 23, 2015 at 7:05 pm

If you find yourself today in a last-minute gift emergency for an angler in your life, chances are a gift related to fishing would be very welcome. Fishing can be a very specific endeavor, whether it is fly fishing, spin casting, ice fishi...

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Weekend fishing tournaments in jeopardy

December 09, 2015 at 7:41 pm

The Perch Assault and Ice Duels tournaments scheduled Saturday and Sunday on Smith Lake are at risk of being rained out. That’s not the kind of thing you want to hear, especially for an ice fishing tournament, but this warmup has not been ...

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COLUMN: First ice is almost here

November 25, 2015 at 10:08 am

Took a drive around the valley this weekend and several of the “first to freeze” lakes had a good coat of ice. If this weather holds, we should see safe, walkable ice by this weekend on Smith Lake, Rogers Lake and some of the other smaller...

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COLUMN: Plenty of work went into fishing show

November 11, 2015 at 5:29 pm

This is the week I’ve been waiting for when an idea that was hatched almost two years ago to the day makes its television premiere across the U.S. and Canada. I am talking about the next two episodes of “Tom Gruenwald Outdoors,” airing on T...

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COLUMN: Pursuing whitefish in the Flathead River

October 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm

One of the most popular fisheries in years past was the annual Lake Superior whitefish bite that happened in late summer. These hard-fighting, tasty members of the Salmonid family would stage up shallow as they would seek out the young of t...

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