By Dillon Tabish

Mike Howe, left, clutches the near-state record lake trout, weighing 36 pounds and stretching 45 inches, that he helped land with a client on Flathead Lake on July 8. The fish had a berth of 30 inches, which was one inch shy of Ruth Barber’s state-record catch. Courtesy A Able Fishing Charters and Tours

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