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2013 Spring Mack Days finishes another successful event

POLSON 2013 Spring Mack Days ended on May 19 with a total of 28,321 lake trout entries. Winning top angler Jason Mahlen of Kalispell turned in a new record of 1,635 lake trout entries with a 65.8 18 day average. Jason also added a win in the smallest lake trout category with a 160mm entry. Dan Long of Columbia Falls was first with a 158mm lake trout entry. Jason fished every day of the event along with anglers Mike and Steven Benson. Second place in the top ten-angler category went to angler Mike Benson of Lonepine with 1,142 and a 45.7 average. Third place top ten angler went to Steve Benson of Four Lakes, Wa. and Craig Morigeau of Polson who tied with an average of 41.39. Steve turned in a total of 1,021 entries and Craig had a total of 927 over 28 days. In 5th place is Danny Smith of Hot Springs-40.06 and 931, 6th-Scott Mahlen-Bigfork with 37.7 and 901, 7th-Dean Vaughan of Charlo with 33.1 and 615, 8th-David McDaniel-Polson-32.6 and 774, 9th-Jerry Benson-Plains-32.56 and 744, and 10th place went to Bryan Long of Columbia Falls with 32.5 and 641.

Susan Martin of Polson was first in the ladies category with 369, second place went to Julie Vacca of Missoula, 3rd-Nicole Peters of Missoula-196, 4th-Deanna Knipe-Polson-118, and 5th Tracy Powers of Billings with 55.

Danner Shima of Kalispell won the 13-17 group with 411 entries, 2nd-Tanner Murry-Columbia Falls with 207, Connor Kowalski of Florence came in third with 204, 4th-Roger Guillory-Kalispell with 181, and 5th-Kobe Cox-Charlo with 160.

Garett Vaughan of Charlo won the 12 & under with 391 lake trout entries, 2nd-Matt Guckenberg Jr.-Kalispell with 77, 3rd-Abby Hodgson-Kalispell with 51.

Ralph Johnson of Columbia Falls won both of the Golden Oldie awards of $200 & $100. Jim Hoover of Whitefish turned in the highest number of lake trout in that category with 159 lake trout entries.

Spirit of the Event Awards went to David McDaniel of Polson and Susan Martin of Polson. Spirit of the Event is given to anglers who emulate what the event is all about.

The event is sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and sanctioned by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. The event pays out close to $150,000 in cash and prizes provided by the tribes. The event is used as a tool to slowly reduce non- native lake trout in Flathead Lake. Very deserving youth anglers-Connor Kowalski, Garett Vaughan, and Kobe Cox won $600 in the lottery right at the start of the drawing. Other anglers winning top lottery drawings were Steve Benson, Mike Benson, Conn Hodgson of Kalispell, Todd Morigeau-Polson, Paul Olson-Polson, and Terry Krogstad-Kalispell.

Approximately 250 people enjoyed the fish fry before the awards were presented. CSKT staff-Joe and Aaron Santos cooked and served lake trout to friends and families of the anglers.

Thank you to each and every angler who participated in the event. It is their hard work that makes the event a success.

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