Mike Howe: Howe's Fishing

COLUMN: Imitate a perch to get whitefish

August 04, 2016 at 7:00 am

It’s been almost 10 years since the last great year for limits of whitefish on Flathead Lake. There are some fish being caught out on Flathead, in fact in lots of places, just not the numbers we grew so used to during the heyday of the grea...

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Lake Mary Ronan perch fishing poses a challenge

July 21, 2016 at 7:00 am

I recently fished Lake Mary Ronan, guiding a grandfather/grandson to some yellow perch fishing. Considering it had been awhile since I last fished Lake Mary Ronan, I called and emailed a few guys I knew had fished it recently, and knew som...

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COLUMN: Air pressure affects fish bite

July 07, 2016 at 6:00 am

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July holiday, and what a difference a year makes! Last year, we were coming off of a record heat wave, with unprecedented water temperatures on Flathead Lake that pushed into the mid-70s around the del...

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COLUMN: Highs, lows of fishing life

June 23, 2016 at 6:00 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 7:00 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 6:00 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 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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