Mike Howe: Howe's Fishing

Hunting season not the end of fishing

January 12, 2020 at 3:00 am

Happy Hunting! For many anglers here in Montana, the opening weekend for the general rifle season also signals the end of the open water fishing season. Rods and reels take a back seat to rifles and shotguns, at least until the waters freez...

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Ice fishing fever is on the rise

January 11, 2020 at 7:47 pm

In my last column, I wrote about the awesome ice fishing extravaganza that is the St. Paul Ice and Winter Sports Show! After nine years as an exhibitor at this show, it still amazes me how robust and energetic ice anglers can be. Almost 200...

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St. Paul home of ice angler’s annual show

January 11, 2020 at 7:48 pm

Every year, for the last 20-plus years, avid ice anglers have gathered in St. Paul to talk ice fishing, showcase products and basically kick off each ice fishing season with a party that equals no other in the ice fishing world. Sure, there...

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Take care when headed out on ice

January 11, 2020 at 7:48 pm

The early arrival of frigid, winter weather signals an early ice fishing season across most of the West and Midwest, a condition that has hardcore ice anglers very excited. It started back in September, when the first couple of Arctic blast...

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Turnover times...

January 11, 2020 at 7:50 pm

When we hear the word turnover, especially in the fall, it usually means someone coughed up the ball. Someone is happy, and someone is not. However, to an angler, the term signifies a lake event and again, someone might be happy, and someon...

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When scents make sense

January 11, 2020 at 7:50 pm

Many anglers in many parts of the angling world would never dream of leaving the dock, stepping onto the river bank or even taking the kids to the trout pond without some kind of scent or attractant to help seal the deal no matter what spec...

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Turnover times...

October 10, 2019 at 10:02 am

When we hear the word turnover, especially in the fall, it usually means someone coughed up the ball. Someone is happy, and someone is not. However, to an angler, the term signifies a lake event and again, someone might be happy, and someo...

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Too many grizzlies?

September 19, 2019 at 10:15 am

Allow me a detour if you will…For almost six years, every two weeks, I write a fishing column in this space. But I also am an avid archery hunter, having taken up the bow again recently after a hiatus of about 10 years. In fact I am an avi...

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Watching the rods…

September 05, 2019 at 9:55 am

Trolling is not for everybody. While it is the primary method we use to catch Lake Trout out on Flathead Lake, and big Gerrard Rainbows on Little Bitterroot, we get talk to many folks who say “trolling is boring.”I suppose trolling could be...

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King salmon in Montana

August 22, 2019 at 8:20 pm

The uneducated angler might argue that there is no such thing as a “King” salmon in Montana…Take that bet! Just like in the Great Lakes, there are freshwater Chinook (or King) salmon populating the waters of Fort Peck Reservoir in Eastern M...

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