Mike Howe: Howe's Fishing

Fishing flourishes as autumn weather arrives

September 14, 2016 at 3:55 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 12:25 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 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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