Mike Howe: Howe's Fishing

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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Three tips to proper sonar use

January 07, 2016 at 4:16 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 7:05 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 7:41 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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COLUMN: First ice is almost here

November 25, 2015 at 10:08 am

Took a drive around the valley this weekend and several of the “first to freeze” lakes had a good coat of ice. If this weather holds, we should see safe, walkable ice by this weekend on Smith Lake, Rogers Lake and some of the other smaller...

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COLUMN: Plenty of work went into fishing show

November 11, 2015 at 5:29 pm

This is the week I’ve been waiting for when an idea that was hatched almost two years ago to the day makes its television premiere across the U.S. and Canada. I am talking about the next two episodes of “Tom Gruenwald Outdoors,” airing on T...

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COLUMN: Pursuing whitefish in the Flathead River

October 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm

One of the most popular fisheries in years past was the annual Lake Superior whitefish bite that happened in late summer. These hard-fighting, tasty members of the Salmonid family would stage up shallow as they would seek out the young of t...

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Kokanee tips and perch kudos

September 16, 2015 at 5:12 pm

In my last column, I was sharing some information about our abundant kokanee salmon and trolling for them in the fall, arguably my favorite time to fish the Flathead Valley. As our water temperatures cool, the lakes become less and less cr...

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COLUMN: Best time of year at hand for kokanee

September 02, 2015 at 7:00 pm

In his excellent book, “Kokanee — A Complete Fishing Guide,” author Dave Biser recalls his first experience with catching a kokanee. Like many of us, his first exposure to the “silver bullets” ended with a lost fish, and there were several...

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