We love to chase Lake Trout (Mackinaw) in Flathead Lake, but we also know and understand that the areas variety of fishing is worth sharing!
There are so many varieties of native fish and non-native fish in the valley. On Swan Lake we can fish for the federally protected native Bull Trout. Montana’s state fish, the native West slope Cutthroat Trout is available in almost every lake we can fish.
In addition, Howe's Fishing has the boats and equipment to help you fish for and catch many different species.
We might troll, with downriggers or planer boards, cast with spinning or casting gear, or jig depending on the lake, the species and the weather!
Some people are obviously more experienced anglers than others, so we try and balance the skill level with the tactic used, with the goal of helping you catch fish.
We also understand that many people use our trips as an opportunity to learn to fish, or advance their skills and we will listen to your wishes and do what we can to ensure your expectations are met and we hope, exceeded.
On all trips, we supply all the tackle you will need, but on any trips to the lakes other than Flathead, you are welcome to bring that favorite rod, or allow us to help you properly set up that new outfit!
The upper Flathead River, from the lake up to Presentine Bar, is a magical place. Not only for its fast-moving trout water, but also for its slower, meandering sections and oxbow sloughs as well as the deep pools where Lake Trout and Lake Whitefish await.
We operate an 18′ War Eagle DSV, equipped with a Mercury jet outboard, to get you into the water where the fish are holding. Another similar boat will be added in 2019. Running the river in a jet-powered boat is an experience in itself, and the places it allows us to access are teeming with fish, wildlife and views of the valley you simply won’t find anywhere else!
Goes anywhere we ask it to go, allowing us access to waters rarely fished. If you are looking for a different experience entirely, let us show you our well-kept secret!
Northern Pike grow very large in the backwaters and sloughs, and we target them year round. Lake Superior Whitefish move into the main river in September, and we target them until the ice starts to flow downstream. Other species available in the river include Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, Crappie, Yellow Perch and Largemouth Bass.
Beautiful Flathead Lake is crystal clear, 15 miles wide, 28 miles long, 120,320 acres and 370+ feet deep with 168 miles of shoreline. Fed by the drainages of the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi. Surrounded by woods and beautiful estates, it is the home to osprey, eagles and abundant wildlife. Flathead Lake itself is full of Lake Trout (Mackinaw) and catching them is our specialty!
The source water of Flathead Lake is the Flathead River which consists of three major tributaries: the North Fork, South Fork, and the Middle Fork. These three rivers form in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains and flow towards their destination of Flathead Lake. The lake and rivers have abundant wildlife surrounding them, as well as a healthy trout population. Species include Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout and Lake Trout, as well as Lake Superior Whitefish and Jumbo Yellow Perch.
Mackinaws thrive in the cold, clear, well oxygenated water of Flathead Lake. The Lake features a mostly rocky gravel bottom and ideal water temperatures. Along with the ample food supply available, this provides the perfect environment for Lake Trout. With an average catch length of 22″-26″. Lake Trout have been caught measuring over 40 inches! The record fish weighed 42 pounds and measured 42″. Nettings conducted by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department have documented Lake Trout over 70 lbs.
Our goal is to help some lucky fisherman break the existing record. Howe's Fishing consistently catches fish every year over 36 inches and is confident that one of our customers will be the one to set the new record.
Swan Lake, south of Bigfork is one of our favorites lakes for the multi species fishery it offers. When trolling Swan Lake, you never know what is going to take the bait! Swan Lake is one of the few lakes where we can target and catch(and release) Bull Trout. Kokanee Salmon to 20” are common, Lake Trout to 5-6 pounds are the standard and Rainbows, Perch and Northern Pike round out the offerings on this quiet and lightly used lake. Another favorite ice fishing lake! Full day trips here include a picnic lunch at the day use area.
These are Kamloops Rainbows, imported from Canada, and grow fast and big due to the abundance of Kokanee in the lake. These Kokanee can grow to 5 pounds in here and offer fantastic fishing in their own right. The best Rainbow fishing is centered around spring and fall, although we can fish here all year for Kokanee and the occasional Rainbow. Another quiet and lightly used lake. Full day trips include a picnic lunch.
The Thompson Chain of Lakes, half way between Libby and Kalispell, these lakes include Lower, Middle and Upper Thompson, Crystal, Loon and others. We focus on the three Thompsons and almost every fish in NW Montana can be found here. Several campgrounds, from primitive tent to full service RV, can be found here as well as private cabins for rent. We target Rainbow, Largemouth Bass, Kokanee, Yellow Perch and Northern Pike here, and a full day on any of these waters can include most of these species. A great ice fishing destination too! Full day trips include a picnic lunch on shore.