|October 25, 2012
2012 Mack Days week fifth weekend sees high winds
POLSON — Blustery fall weather caught up to Flathead Lake anglers during the fifth weekend of the 2012 Fall Fishing Event. Friday winds were rolling the waves and rocking the boats all across the lake. Howling wind on Saturday kept most anglers off the water with wind advisories from 40 to 50 MPH predicted all day. Total entries during the weekend were 533 on Friday, 147 on Saturday, and 686 on Sunday bringing the total for the event up to 6,974. The totals for the weekends are 1,302 first, 1,461 second, 1,494 third, 1,351 fourth, and 1,366 for the fifth weekend.
Mack Days Fishing Events are sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and sanctioned by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. The fishing events are used as a tool to slowly reduce numbers of non-native lake trout in Flathead Lake.
Up to $125,000 in Cash and Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the event on November 11. Fish on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until November 2 and then it is 10 straight days of fishing until the end of the event. The last day is a separate day with separate awards. Top ten angler awards are based on the 15 highest days the angler has during the event. Top angler tickets are limited to their best 15 days. All it takes is one ticket to win in the lottery style drawing that begins at $1,000 and goes to $100. Prizes are given for several different categories including weekend, captains, etc. Go to www.mackdays.com or telephone 406-883-2888, ext. 7294 for more information. There are tagged fish with values from one at $10,000, five at $5,000, ten at $1,000 and over 4,000 from $100 to $500. The pit tags are not visible. The adipose fin on the tagged lake trout has been clipped. Information is used from the tagged fish such as growth, movement, and population estimates. The lake trout are scanned when they are brought in to be entered and anglers anxiously await the results of the scan and then the results of the award associated with that number.
Max Martz of Corvallis continues to hold on to the lead with a total of 574. Max caught 53 on Friday and 71 on Sunday. Seventy-one is the highest daily catch of the event so far. Mike Benson of Lonepine had 24 on Friday and 67 on Sunday and Scott Bombard of Missoula had 44 on Friday and 52 on Sunday and is tied for second and third with 531 each. Craig Morigeau of Polson comes in fourth with 362 with 39 on Friday and 55 on Sunday. Fifth place is held by Phil Meredith of Kalispell at 336 with 32 on Friday, 21 on Saturday, and 24 on Sunday, Don Beville of Lakeside is sixth with 255, Chad Cottet of Polson is seventh with 244, Terry Krogstad of Kalispell is eighth with 239, Nick Fister of Kalispell is ninth with 233, and Tyson Cottet of Charlo is tenth with 222.
Sharon Beville of Lakeside is leader of the ladies category with 44, Julie Vacca of Stevensville is second with 42, Deana Knipe of Polson is third with 35, fourth is Kim McMillie of Ronan with 34, and Jeanee Mooney of Missoula is sitting fifth with 31.
Youth 13 to 17 is led by Eric Sams of Polson with 36 and the 12 and Under category leader is Mark Herzog of Missoula with 6.
Tagged fish worth $100 were turned in by Bill Swaney/Tony Incashola of St. Ignatius, Jeff Mountgomery of Hamilton, Keith Wock of Polson, Tom King of Waddell, Arizona, Debbie Martzof Stevensvillle, Debbie Mart of Corvallis, Scott Bombard of Missoula, Ben Knipe of Polson, Leonard Lewis of Plains, Craig Morigeau of Polson, Terry Krogstad of Kalispell, and Max Martz of Corvallis. Two hundred dollar tagged fish were turned in by Ben Knipe and Terry Krogstad.
There is still no large lake trout entry in this event. Several Fall Events have had no large lake trout entry. Smallest lake trout entries are held by Tyson Cottet with 179mm (7 inches) and Mike Benson with a lake trout entry of 164mm (6.5 inches).
Anglers report the bite is improving as the weather cools and the fish are coming into the shallower waters. Shore anglers were also having better luck over the past weekend.
Entries continue to be taken until the last day of the event. There are currently 504 anglers entered in the Fall Event. Entry forms with the rules are available at area sporting goods stores or enter online from the website.