Mo Fisch NEWS and Fishing Report

Hi Everyone, Captain Mike Howe here, from Howe’s Fishing/A Able Charters.  By now, most everyone has heard that we lost Captain Bob suddenly due to cancer last month.  Almost as unexpectedly, the opportunity for Cindy and I to purchase Mo Fisch presented itself and we felt blessed and honored to do so.

The day to day operations of Mo Fisch will not really change at all, other than that we will all miss Bob, and I will do my best to carry on all the traditions that Mo Fisch is known for. Long time guides Matt McComb and Tom Cobianco will continue to operate their boats from our same Lakeside location and we welcome a new guide, Junior Garrison, who has purchased Bobs boat.  Same phone number, same webpage, but a new email address if you wish to contact us direct,

NOW, let’s talk fishing!  First up, join Captain Matt as he presents a lake trout fishing seminar THIS Saturday, April 1st, 10:00AM, at Snappy Sport Senter in Kalispell.  Matt will update everyone on the current conditions on Flathead lake, and cover all the basics you need to be successful on the big water.

Fishing has been RED HOT for the last ten days or so, as it typically is this time of year. Flathead is about three feet higher than normal for this time of year and launching and loading from Westshore State Park is a breeze. Both Matt and Junior have been having success trolling T-55 and T-60 Flatfish in 180′ in the Painted Rocks area.  Both steel line outfits and downriggers just off the bottom have been working. This is a slow presentation, 0.9-1.3 mph is just about right.

In the deeper water on the East side of the Center Bar, trolling Brads Cut Plug Super Baits has been working on those nice 3-6 pound eater size fish.  Locate these fish on your electronics and troll slightly above them.  If using a dodger/flasher ahead of the lure, remember to keep the leader about 40-60 inches as these lures have plenty of their own action, and if you are too close to your attractor, you foul up the manufacturers designed action.  We often only use a small plastic trolling rudder five feet ahead of the lure when the fish are thick.  Now, go get some!  Tight lines, and No Bad Days!


Captain Mike