Lake trout fishing on fire-Video proof!

I know it has been awhile since I have posted a report, so here is a double one!

Flathead Lake is fishing like we have not seen in years, all across the NW corner of the lake, and the Delta as well. Troll chartreuse Pro Troll Flashers with Brads Mini Cut Plugs in perch colors at 2.o mph, down 25-45 on the riggers, in 70-100 feet of water. Darker colored hoochies behind silver or silver with UV purple dodgers fished the same way are also producing and the spoon bite can’t be far off!

Big fish are starting to show up in their usual summer places, troll big flat fish on the bottom. The below video explains how we do it to keep those big old fish releasable to be caught again.

Kam Jam!

Who’s ready for some ‘loopers? WE are, and the time is now! With temperatures already dropping into the mid-’50s on Little Bitterroot Lake, the big Kamloops (Gerrard) Rainbows are starting to bite. We never know how long the bite will last, maybe two weeks, maybe 6-8, but the time is now to get on our calendar if you want to fish this Fall. Bring three to five of your best friends and let’s do this! Half day trips ARE available, but full days get you some nice Kokanee as well.
(Our schedule is not allowing any Koocanusa trips this Fall, we will start those up again in the spring, but the GIANTS are in Bitterroot, legit chance at a 20# plus if we put the time in…)


Mike Howe
Owner, Howe’s Fishing
Mo Fisch and A Able Charters

Summer’s here and the time is right…

Hello again folks, Captain Mike here. With Memorial Day behind us, and a rising lake beckoning, we are days away from putting all the boats into their summer moorage. Our summer staff is now selected and there will be a total of five guides dedicated to you, the Mo Fisch customer, for the 2017 season. In the coming weeks, I will be doing a bio or highlight on each of them.

Fishing in May saw some great days, and some not so great days, but with cold, muddy, rising then falling waters, that might be expected! The last couple of days have seen many fish 28″ and over with a couple pushing the twenty pound mark! No real giants yet, but as we get busier, and have more boats out daily, the odds will go up. Maybe the next one will be YOU!

We are now running our “Fathers Day Special”, so Dad fishes free with any paid charter so why not make this the year you give Dad that gift he won’t ever forget? Remember, we can take up to six anglers on our boats, so the whole family can join in. Have an even larger group? We have the “Fun Time” available which can take up to FIFTEEN passengers! Call and ask.

Anglers now need to cover some water until you find the feeding fish. If you fish an area with lot’s of fish on the sonar, try a variety of lures, but don’t spend too much time on fish that won’t bite. Once you find the feeding fish, stay on them.

We are finding success with Wordens Flatfish drug in the mud in the 120-140 foot depths, as well as a shallow (15-25′ down) bite on the Delta when the water clears enough for those fish to see the target.

We have several Perch and Kokanee charters booked over the next several days, I will let you know how they go!

Tight lines and No Bad Days!

Captain Mike Howe

Spring fishing on Flathead Lake

Where to fish:

The fishing on Flathead Lake remains to be steady. We have been averaging 4-10 fish per trip. Typically this time of year the fish are on the move. One day you might find them at 80ft. of water and the next day in 200ft. of water. Be flexible and move around until you find large concentration of fish and then concentrate on that depth. The runoff is going to be the unknown for the next couple months. Depending on the temperature and the amount of rain mix will determine how much runoff we will have day to day. The east side of the center bar in 140ft. of water has been working good.

What to use:

This time of year I try and cover as much area as I can. I usually will fish a dodger or a flasher with a houchie combo, that way I can troll at 1.8 – 2.3 mph. When I find fish then I can try different lures to figure out what they want at that given day. Also Brad’s Super Baits have been catching fish.

I have been having good results using the Cha Cha 4” Salmon Squidder rigs from Mack’s lure #60063 has been a great color, also try #60062.

Also the electronic Prochip 8 series from pro-troll has been working good with a mother of pearl houchie tipped with a piece of cut bait is a good go to setup.

Tip of the Day:

In the spring time the weather in NW Montana can be very unpredictable. Keep an eye on the weather; a good rule to follow is that if you think it is to rough it probably is, get off the lake so you can fish another day. Be safe!

“No Bad Days”

Capt. Bob

Mo Fisch Charters

Cannon Downrigger Authorized Service Center

Flathead Lake/Ice Off

The ice  is melting off of Flathead Lake and Westshore State Park is now open. Watch for some floating ice. In a week or so I am sure the lake will be completly open and free from all ice. We did two charters last weekend and it continues to be great fishing for big fish. We hooked 20 fish but only landed 13. The biggest fish was 38? at 19 lbs. All the fish were very healthy. Six fish in the slot size and a couple under the slot good for the dinner table. We were fishing deep at 190 to 200 ft. I look for the winter fishery to continue on the strong side. When the runoff starts, sometime in May, the fish will migrate to the river mouth. Get out and enjoy the great fishing. Be careful, pick a calm day.

See Ya on the water

February cabin fever, lets go fishing

The lake trout fishing on Flathead Lake remains steady!

The last couple of weeks we have averaged 15 fish in the boat each trip. Yesterday, the biggest fish was 38” long and 15.8 lbs. Today we boated 5 nice slot fish at 31” to 34″ and cleaned 10 smaller fish, just right for the smoker.

What to use:

Flatfish on the bottom. Try the Mag lip from Worden’s, also the original flatfish in size T-50 or T-55 red/white, glow/white, silver/blue, and frog. Remember fish all these lures close to the bottom and very slow.


Try the flats off  Westshore State Park in 160’ of water. Try trolling south as you get into deeper water 200’. Remember, keep an eye on the weather. West Shore State Park is the only good usable boat ramp to use this time of year. FWP does plow and sand the road, also the boat dock is usable.

Tight lines

Summer Fishing Flathead Lake

The fishing remains steady on Flathead Lake. Fishing the north end of the lake around the river mouth is your best bet in July and August.

Trolling the usual dodger, flasher, houchies combo still produces the most fish. Good number of eater size lake trout average 3-5lbs.

Also try a few spoons in the perch pattern near the surface. The fish are suspended through out the water column.

Tight lines.

Capt. Bob

Mo Fisch Charters

Flathead Lake Summer Fishing



The fishing on Flathead is in full summer mode. The runoff has ended and the water has cleared. Most of the fishing is being done around the delta area, which is west and east of the river mouth. The fish are staged at the edge of the drop off as the shallows drop into the deeper water around the delta. Try tolling in the 60’ of water out to 160’. Watch the fish finder and when you start to mark fish concentrate on that depth and target the feeding fish. If you start to get hits stay in that area and work those fish.


Try trolling #0 dodger from Silver Horde, Gold Star. #790, 793, and 110 all are working well. 23”-28 behind the dodger tie on a Ace Hi Fly also from Silver Horde in a # 142, 197 and a 224 all in the UV.

Also try #35 Octopus (41/4”) in color #8179, 8180 or 3140.

Troll the dodgers at 1.5 – 1.8 mph. vary your speed, troll in an “S” pattern, rather than a straight line. This will create various speeds to either the outside lines or the inside lines. You can also attach a small piece of cut bait to the front hook of the houchies or Ave Hi.

Also some spoons are working. Try perch patterns and some brass colors. The Sonic Edge spoons from Gold Star in a # 653, 663 and 110 work well.

I like to put down a couple downriggers deep and then flat line a couple spoons to cover all the depths.


Tight lines

Mo Fisch Charters

Flathead Lake


The fishing on Flathead Lake has been as unpredictable as the weather. Spring time in Montana has been windy rainy one day and sunny the next. The Flathead River run off is in full swing and with the amount of rain we have had this spring the river is putting a lot of stained muddy water and debri into the lake.

Where to fish:

The north end of the lake around the river mouth just south off the delta. Try fishing the south and the east side of the delta. Start your troll in 90’ of water and work your way into 50’ of water then out to 140’ of water. Watch your fish finder. You will mark a lot of fish on the finder then concentrate on those fish by changing up your lures and presentation. The fish can be suspended anywhere from 10’ down to 60’ move your presentation just over the top of the fish and keep working them, remember fish concentrate on what’s in front and above them, not what is below them.

Try fishing the deeper trenches of the lake in 120/200’ of water for the larger lake trout.

What to use:

When fishing deep and targeting the bigger fish try using the original Flatfish from Worden’s, Yakima Bait in the glow white T-50, T-55, &T-60 also in the red/white and the double glow. Remember to fish these lures slow and keep them on the bottom.

Also the Electronic Stingfish from Pro-troll in size 15-51/2” long work very well. Remember the e-chip in these flatfish is something that the fish can key on in the stained water. Try the Chrome Green Chart #387, Hot frog #412.

When fishing for the more numerous average size fish I like to use the dodger/flasher houchies combinations.

Flashers from Pro-Troll #8 series in #106 Glow Chart, #183 Blue Spatter Back, #188 Green Splatter Glow.

I have been having good results attaching an Ace Hi fly from Gold Start 24-32” behind these flashers. Also try a #35 Octopus (41/2”) behind these dodgers or a flasher from Gold Star. Houchies in the standard glow white or green and white are always a good starting point. Be creative; try some spoons and different color combinations.


“Remember there are fishermen, and then there are those that just go fishing.”

Tight lines

Capt. Bob

Mo Fisch Charters



The fishing on Flathead Lake remains to be steady. The fish are schooling more to the north end, south of the Delta area. The key this time of year is move around and find the bait and then you will find the lake trout. Try fishing 60’ to 160’ of water just on the south and the east side of the delta. At this time of the season try stacking on your downrigger. The runoff is dumping in enough water, debris and oxygenated water that the fish seem to be from top to bottom. Try some spoons on a flat line or stacking 35 to 60’ down while keeping the downrigger on the bottom for those bottom hugging fish.

Spoons on the long lines and stacking above the bottom hugging flasher/houchie combo’s are a good starting place this time of year. Try some deep diving Rapala’s or some heavy spoons.


Lake Koocanusa:


Rainbows in the 5 to 8 lb. range are the average. Trolling the surface with streamer flies in some dark colors, silver and black, black/white/gold are always good colors. Lyman’s in silver and black or silver with pink are working well.


My biggest worry is that my wife (when I’m dead) will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it.