Mike Howe: Howe's Fishing

Kokanee tips and perch kudos

September 16, 2015 at 5:12 pm

In my last column, I was sharing some information about our abundant kokanee salmon and trolling for them in the fall, arguably my favorite time to fish the Flathead Valley. As our water temperatures cool, the lakes become less and less cr...

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COLUMN: Best time of year at hand for kokanee

September 02, 2015 at 7:00 pm

In his excellent book, “Kokanee — A Complete Fishing Guide,” author Dave Biser recalls his first experience with catching a kokanee. Like many of us, his first exposure to the “silver bullets” ended with a lost fish, and there were several...

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Rule changes might help yellow perch

August 19, 2015 at 6:45 pm

It is comment time again, with Fish, Wildlife and Parks seeking public comment on proposed fishing regulations for 2016 and beyond. For Northwest Montana anglers, there are some important changes being proposed as well as clarifications an...

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Anglers catching fish despite several summer challenges

August 05, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Folks who have been paying attention over the last couple of months have seen fishing conditions unlike any they have encountered around here for a long time, if ever. Virtually no runoff, unprecedented water temperatures and temperatures t...

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Where the fishing trends get started

July 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

I was once in Orlando in July and I think I swore to myself every day, “never again…” Oppressive heat and humidity…The only good reason I can think of to ever go back would be to participate in ICAST. ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishin...

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Fishing and freedom go hand-in-hand

July 01, 2015 at 7:00 pm

As I write this, our county is considering a ban on fireworks due to dry, fire-prone conditions. One can only hope that everyone will consider the importance of waiting until conditions improve, and that they will have the common sense and...

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The answers are blowin’ in the wind…

June 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm

In my last column, I talked about how the lack of normal runoff was impacting several of our fisheries. Nowhere has this been more obvious than Flathead Lake, especially on the north end of the lake, what is called the delta. This is the a...

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Take advantage while the fishing is hot

June 04, 2015 at 6:31 am

Spring fishing is HOT! With all the talk about water levels and whether our reservoirs will fill this summer, the prediction of what our waterways will look like come August and September is sounding dire.  Of course, typical June rains c...

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Tested trolling tactics for trout

May 06, 2015 at 6:45 pm

With Montana’s general fishing season opener just a couple of weeks away, many anglers are getting ready to hit their favorite rivers and streams.  Here in Northwest Montana Region One, with so many of our waters open to angling all year, ...

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Spring fishing is just around the corner

March 11, 2015 at 4:39 pm

I don’t mind March coming in like a lamb … even if it goes out like a lion. Right now my mind is flooded with potential trips I want to squeeze in when the ice starts going off. Not that I am done ice fishing yet, but that magic time every...

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