Mike Howe: Howe's Fishing

HOWE'S FISHING: Planning for winter fishing tournaments

October 13, 2016 at 6:00 am

It’s mid-October and we have snow on the ground, lows in the 20s for the last couple of nights and a forecast that looks like we face more of the same. Sounds like it’s time for me to go do a little Florida Keys fishing. But first, a littl...

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Fall is a good time to get ready for ice fishing

September 29, 2016 at 6:00 am

I have taken up my bow again after a 12-year hiatus and have been really enjoying this fall weather. Is there anything better than chasing rutting elk in Montana in September? Maybe chasing fish on the hardwater? In fact, looking at next we...

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Fishing flourishes as autumn weather arrives

September 14, 2016 at 5:55 pm

I have fallen for fall. September has always been my favorite month, but for the last three to four years, there hasn’t been much difference between August and September — but not this year. Cool, even cold temperatures have started the tr...

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It’s a full moon: fear or fever?

August 17, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Like many anglers, I am always working on that “edge,” where I am in a constant state of anticipation of the next “killer day” of fishing. Conversely, I am always dreading that next day when you just can’t catch a fish to save your life. M...

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COLUMN: Imitate a perch to get whitefish

August 04, 2016 at 9:00 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 9:00 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 8:00 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 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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