Howe’s Fishing, located in Montana’s Flathead Valley, near Glacier National Park, is like no other Flathead Lake fishing guide service. We strive to provide you with a fishing experience that you will remember for a lifetime.
When it comes to fishing, touring and exploring Montana’s Glacier Country, we offer ten boats to serve you, from world famous Flathead Lake to the small local lakes and river sloughs that offer some of the best fishing this side of the Mississippi. We also offer guided trips on the East side of the state, specializing in the giant fish of Fort Peck Reservoir.
Ice fishing? We live for it! Our hardcore, tournament tested ice guides will treat you to an incredible on ice adventure!
Let’s go fishing!
A Able Fishing Charters and Tours was started by George “Shorty” Goggins in 1987. Back then, there were several outfitters on the lake, most of which have come and gone, but A Able Fishing Charters and Tours lives on.
Originally called A-1 Charters, the name changed sometime in the early 90’s. Back when it was important to be the first “name” in the phone book. When several other local businesses in the area decided to call themselves A-1, Shorty changed the name to A Able and the rest is history.
The name “Shorty” is synonymous with Flathead Lake. Thousands of customers, and hundreds of lifelong friends have been out on the big lake in an “A Able” boat. Many of the guides and outfitters on the lake today got their start with Shorty.
In 2008, Shorty sold the business to Pat and Tobi Campanella. Longtime customers and friends, Pat had previously worked in the charter business on Lake Tahoe and had guided hunters and anglers alike in Alaska for years before coming to Montana
Shorty and Pat, along with a couple other part-time guides, worked the big lake for a couple of years before Shorty permanently retired in 2009.
In early 2011, current owners Mike and Cindy Howe became the new owners of this storied company. Pat and Tobi needed to return to Alaska for career reasons and Mike and Cindy, already involved in numerous outdoor ventures in the valley, were looking to expand into the outfitter business. It was a perfect fit.
For years, A Able Fishing Charters and Tours was based out of Marina Cay Resort in Bigfork. In 2011, A Able Fishing Charters and Tours returned and once again calls Marina Cay home. While there are new names on the masthead, the legacy of Shorty and A Able Fishing Charters lives on. (Shorty passed away in April of 2017.)
Another twist to the story…
Back in the early 2000’s, Captain Bob Orsua got his start with Shorty, and within a few years had started “Mo Fisch Charters”, along with Captain Matt McComb. Mike got his start in 2009 guiding for Mo Fisch, before purchasing A Able and becoming friendly competitors with Bob and his Mo Fisch guides. In early 2017, tragedy struck when Captain Bob was diagnosed with aggressive cancer that would take his life within thirty days. Mike was offered the opportunity to purchase the Mo Fisch business and combine the two largest charter companies in NW Montana. The circle was now complete…
While operating under the umbrella of Howe’s Fishing, both A Able Charters and Mo Fisch Charters honor and respect the roots of both companies, and maintain boats in both Lakeside and Bigfork, Montana. Mike and Cindy Howe, along with guides Matt McComb, Pat Campanella, Chris Mischke, Bryan Sutch, Jr. Garrison, Cameron Hockett, Christopher Marx and Ivan Keeney are ready to serve our valued customers with the finest guided fishing the valley has to offer. Along with our crew over in Fort Peck, we look forward to you choosing Howe’s Fishing to help make your memories happen on any and all of the waters we serve. Let’s go fishing!
Owner of Howe’s Fishing – A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours, has been fishing Flathead Lake, and other area waters, since his arrival in the valley in 1998. The areas trophy Lake Trout fishing was the first thing that caught Mike’s attention and remains his passion today. Mike lives and breathes the outdoors lifestyle and there is nothing more satisfying to Mike than putting a rod into a customer’s hands that has a true trophy potential mackinaw, northern pike, kokanee salmon or jumbo perch on the other end. Mike is on the Pro Staff of Cabelas, Clam, Vexilar, Pro Troll, Brads Killer Fishing Gear and more.
But Mike has more than just a few years of guiding experience on his resume. You see, Mike has been in the “customer service” industry for over 30 years. After a nearly eight year stretch serving his country in the US Air Force, and experiencing a service connected disability, Mike became a Letter Carrier with the United States Postal Service. After moving to Montana in 1994, he soon became a small town Postmaster, and served the local area in that capacity for 14 years in Kila, Lakeside and Columbia Falls. Mike understands that when you pay for a service, that is what you expect…service.
As an outfitter in a very competitive industry and area such as Montana’s Flathead Valley, Mike understands very well that if you don’t have a positive experience, there are many other fishing guides and outfitters that would love to get you in their boats! That is why, from the quality tackle Howe’s Fishing uses, to the superior condition of the boats, to the “satisfaction guaranteed” work ethic, Mike is confident that once you fish with Howe’s Fishing, you will have an outfitter for life!
When it comes to ice fishing, Mike presents an outfitted experience unmatched in Montana. As a member of the Clam Outdoors/Ice Team Pro Staff, Mike’s knowledge and position within the ice fishing industry is well known, and he has instilled that same passion and knowledge in all the Howe’s Fishing ice guides. His writing and seminar appearances cover the US from the West Coast to the eastern Midwest and he has been invited to appear on Jason Mitchell Outdoors TV, Tom Gruenwald Outdoors TV, HGTV, and others.
Mike and his wife Cindy are members of the Kalispell, Whitefish, Bigfork and Lakeside/Somers Chambers of Commerce and work closely with the Kalispell Convention and Visitor Bureau to bring new business and tourism to the area. They support many local charities, non-profits and fundraising organizations like Kids Hooked on Fishing, Walleyes Unlimited, Fishing Without Barriers and much more.
If you are interested in Flathead Lake fishing, lake trout fishing charters, guided ice fishing, Wild Horse Island tours and Flathead Lake tours, Mike and Cindy Howe and the crew at Howe’s Fishing Charters stand ready to serve you in a manner that you will want to experience again and again. See you on the water!