Mike Howe: Howe's Fishing

COLUMN: Highs, lows of fishing life

June 23, 2016 at 8:00 am

In my last column, I talked about some awesome fishing and catching that had been taking place across the valley. Sure, when the fish are “on the chew” as I like to say, everyone can look like a hero, without a whole lot of effort in many c...

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COLUMN: Fishing is as hot as the weather

June 09, 2016 at 9:00 am

Wow, where to begin this week? Let’s start with the temperatures, of which I am already growing weary! Feeling “wilted” is a term I have used lately, and I now have a three-hour sunscreen reminder on my cell. Last week saw me fishing on Fl...

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COLUMN: Plenty of buzz about big smallmouth

May 26, 2016 at 8:00 am

There has been quite a buzz in the local angling community lately about a new state record fish caught in Northwest Montana — in Flathead Lake, in fact. Nope, not a new lake trout record (although the current record was caught there), and ...

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COLUMN: Gather all your intel before fishing new waters

May 12, 2016 at 6:00 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 6:00 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 7:00 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 4:45 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 6:16 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 9:05 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 9:41 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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