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Middle Fork of the Flathead River

FISHING: MIKE HOWE

A Able and Mo Fisch charters

Discovery Tips

  • Go out and catch a fish, or at least have a great time trying

Interview

Mike Howe was a postmaster when he moved to the Flathead Valley in 1998, but even though his day job kept him inside he immediately fell in love with the valley’s outdoor pursuits. Mike found his passion in his hobbies — teaching hunter’s ed and bow hunting, fishing with his dad and organizing ice fishing tournaments, and so in 2009 when asked to join Mo Fisch Charters on Flathead Lake as a fishing guide, he jumped on the chance. And in 2011 when the opportunity appeared for Mike to buy A Able Charters on the lake and later Mo Fisch; he found himself no longer a postmaster but the owner of a growing charter fishing operation that was expanding throughout the lakes of Northwest Montana and eastern Montana.

Today Mike operates the largest freshwater lake outfit west of the Dakotas. Flathead Lake remains at the core of his operation, running both A Able in Bigfork and Mo Fisch in Lakeside. Mike considers Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, an “inland ocean” and the type of fishing he and his guides offer is unusual — using specialty deep water trolling for lake trout, down riggers and other techniques — and can only be compared to coastal or Great Lakes fishing.

To further meet the interests of the summer angler, Mike just added kayak fishing excursions to his fleet. And while summer may be when most people like to fish, Mike’s charter boats are fully equipped for Montana’s year-round weather. In fact, you may net your most successful catch on a cold day in February.

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