Mike Howe: Howe's Fishing

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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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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