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Highly prized fish remain uncaught in 2012 Fall Mack Days

POLSON — 2012 Fall Mack Days continues until November 11 with up to $125,000 in Cash and Prizes available to lake trout anglers. All it takes is one fish to win in the lottery style drawing that starts at $1,000 and goes to $200. Fifty cash prizes will be drawn plus many merchandise prizes. There is no entry fee and entries continue to be taken up until the last day of the event. Fish on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Oct. 28, and from November 2 to the 11 itÆs ten continuous days of lake trout fishing on Flathead Lake. Mack Days are sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and sanctioned by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

Tagged fish with values from $10,000 - one, $5,000 - five, $1,000 - ten and over 4,000 from $500-$100 are also a part of Mack Days Fishing Events. After twelve days of fishing there has been $6,300 in tagged fish turned in. Turning in $100 tags the fourth weekend were Jim Hoover of Whitefish, Scott Bombard of Missoula x 3, Deana Knipe of Polson, Craig Morigeau of Polson, Chad Cottet of Polson, Richard Kreis of Huson, Brian Gregerson of Kalispell,and Reed Blackburn of Kalispell. Two hundred dollar tags were turned in by Max Martz of Stevensville and Brian Casman of Kalispell.

Bonus amounts are paid to anglers who enter 20 or more lake trout in the event. Amounts go up with the total entries an angler has at the conclusion of the event. Go to for information on the bonus amounts.

Prize categories include Top Angler Prizes-for the top ten anglers, Ladies Prizes, Youth, Captains, Weekend, Over 70. New to this yearÆs event is the Heaviest Bucket of Fish. Second day of this category is Saturday, October 20. An angler or a team of anglers from one boat mark their four heaviest fish. When they enter the fish those four are put in a bucket and a weight is taken. Points are given for the top five places. Top winner of the day receives $200. The team of Roger Schiff/Kirby Adams of Whitefish hold first place with 19lbs., 15 ozs. Second place is Phil Meredith and Nick Fister of Kalispell with 19 lbs. and third place John Gauci-Florence and Felix Gauci of Stevensville with 18 lbs., 10 ozs. Max Martz is in fourth with 17 lbs., 11 ozs., and 5th place is held by Dan Smith-Ralph Johnson of Columbia Falls and Jim Hoover of Whitefish. The third and last day of this event will be November 4. There is no large fish entry in the event so far. Smallest lake trout entries still are held by Mike Benson of Lonepine and Tyson Cottet of Charlo.

The top angler race in the 2012 Fall Mack Days Fishing Event warmed up over the fourth weekend of the lake trout fishing event. Angler Max Martz of Stevensville moved into the lead with a total of 450 after entering 70 lake trout entries on Friday, 51 on Saturday, and 23 on Sunday. Mike Benson, Lonepine angler, moved to second place with his total of 440 and entries of 28 on Friday and 34 on Saturday. Third place angler Scott Bombard of Missoula posted entries of 46, 34, and 43 with a total of 436. Steve Benson from Four Lakes, WA, holds fourth with 51, 42, 33 and a total of 420. Fifth place is Craig Morigeau of Polson with 268, sixth place is Phil Merideth of Kalispell with 239, seventh place is Don Beville of Lakeside with 216, eighth place is Chad Cottet of Polson with 175, ninth place is Alvin Haase of Corvallis with 173, and tenth place is Larry Karper of Florence with 171. Anglers may enter up to 100 lake trout a day under 30” or 99 under 30” and 1 over 36”.

Sharon Beville of Kalispell made a move on Saturday with 17 entries taking over the top lady angler spot with 44. Second is Kim McMillie of Ronan with 34, sitting third is Julie Vacca of Florence with 30, Suanne Albrecht of Polson with 24 is fourth, and fifth place is Deana Knipe of Polson with 22.

Eric Sams of Polson leads the 13-17 group with 36 and Mark Herzog of Missoula with 12 and under 6 entries.

Total for the Fall Event is 5,607. Wind and rain hampered the anglers especially on Sunday but they still turned in 1,350 for the weekend.

Check out the website for fishing information, bull trout identification, recipes, etc. or telephone 406-883-2888, ext. 7294.

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