Mike Howe: Howe's Fishing

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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Lakes can go bad fast with this weather

February 11, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Excuse me, do you have the MONTH? Last I checked, it was mid-February, but this warm, rainy weather really has me thinking I RipVan Winkled my way right into mid-March. Honestly, I still have way too much ice fishing to do, with two more P...

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Scouting from home: Do your research

January 28, 2015 at 6:05 pm

In my last column, I talked about traveling to places to fish new waters or new species.  Today I would like to help you understand the many, many ways you can scout out and learn about these new waters. Technology has really made it easie...

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Make fishing a travel adventure

January 14, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Where will you be fishing in 2015? Now don’t get me wrong, I as well as anyone understand and fully appreciate the wealth of fishing opportunities we have here. But there is something about taking the experience you have gained from fishin...

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Good news: Ice season has started

November 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm

“Ice Ice Baby!” That song has been in my head for two weeks now, from the day I saw my first frozen pond of this season in North Dakota. And the upsurge of traffic on social media has certainly confirmed that first ice is here in many par...

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Lures, lore abundant at a good old fishing store

November 05, 2014 at 7:00 pm

I travel a lot. Maybe not as much as some, but certainly more than others. Where I differ is that I do most of my traveling during winter …the DEAD of winter. As one who promotes two different ice fishing tournaments, as well as traveling ...

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Safety first in all areas of outdoor recreation

October 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm

It is that time of year again where many things are in transition: We have waterfowl seasons open, general rifle season this weekend, fall fishing going on everywhere and before you know it … ICE fishing! It is very easy to let safety take...

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