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2012 Fall Mack Days sixth week totals over 9,200 fish caught

POLSON — Fish, fish, and more fish! The sixth week of the Fall Mack Days Fishing Event ended with 2,292 lake trout being entered and a six-week total of 9,266 lake trout. Friday was the best day for the anglers with 886 entries. Turning in the first 100 lake trout limit per day was Mike Benson of Lonepine. Terry Krogstad of Kalispell also had a great day with 76 fish entries followed by Max Martz of Corvallis with 75. Fish total on Friday was 886. On Saturday, 787 lake trout were turned in with Benson high again with 65, Martz 61, and Terry Krogstad with 63. 619 lake trout were turned in on Sunday, with Martz high at 61, Scott Bombard of Missoula with 55, and Jeff Montgomery of Hamilton with 46.

Max Martz leads the anglers with a total of 771 and a fifteen-day average of 49. Mike Benson is second with 732 and an average of 47. Third is Scott Bombard of Missoula with a total of 668 and 42 average, fourth place goes to Craig Morigeau of Polson with a total of 473 and 31 average, fifth place is Phil Meredith of Kalispell with a total of 438 and 27 average, sixth place is Steve Benson with 473 total and no fifteen day average, seventh place is Terry Krogstad of Kalispell with a total of 361, eighth place is Don Beville of Lakeside with 358 total, ninth place is Nick Fister of Kalispell with a total of 321 and 21, tenth place goes to Chad Cottet with 306. Top ten anglers will all be ranked by their 15 best day averages at the conclusion of the event.

Jeanee Mooney of Missoula made a big step in the ladies category and totals 96 lake trout entries. Second place is held by Julie Vacca of Florence with 56, third place is Sharon Beville of Lakeside with 44, fourth place goes to Deana Knipe of Polson with 35, and fifth place is Kim McMillie of Ronan with 34.

Garett Vaughan of Charlo leads the 12 and Under category with 21 and Mark Herzog of Missoula is second with 20. Eric Sams continues to hold on to first in the 13 to 17 category with 36.

Smallest lake trout entered so far in the event was turned in by Mike Benson at 158mm-6” on Friday. Using a one-ounce rattle disaster jig in 180 feet of water Benson couldn’t believe it when he pulled it up. He also holds the other smallest lake trout entry at 164mm.

There is still no large lake trout entry.

The $10,000 tagged fish is still out there along with five $5,000, ten $1,000 and over 4,000 with values from $100 to $500. There have been 72 tagged lake trout turned in during the event that total $9,400. Tagged fish with $100 values were caught during the sixth weekend by Terry Krogstad, Tim Mooney of Missoula, Ethan Rogers of Bemidji, MN, Paul Soukup of Ronan, Craig Morigeau, Scott Bombard, Gerald Roat of Polson, Jeff Mountgomery of Hamilton, Don Young of Polson, Phil Meredith x 2, Felix Gauci of Stevensville, Max Martz, and Mike Benson. Craig Morigeau also caught a $200 tagged lake trout.

Anglers may choose to keep their catch or donate them to be processed and distributed to area food banks by CSKT staff.

November 2 through 11, fish ten straight days or choose to fish any number you like. The event will end November 11 with a fish fry that begins at 4 p.m. and awards at 5 p.m.

Up to $125,000 in Cash and Prizes will be awarded to anglers on the last day of the event November 11. Mack Days are sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and are used to slowly reduce the number of non-native lake trout in Flathead Lake. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks sanction the event. Five hundred fifteen anglers are entered in the event. Entries continue to be taken up until the last day and can be found at area sporting goods stores or on the website.

For information about the event, go to or telephone 406-883-2888, ext. 7294.

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