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Angler catches 100 lake trout at 2013 Fall Mack Days

POLSON — One fish, two fish, one hundred fish! Terry Krogstad of Kalispell turned in a total of 100 lake trout on Sunday his first day of fishing the 2013 Fall Mack Days Fishing Event sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and sanctioned by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. It was eleven hours of continuous fishing with some good weather, no wind or rain, to reach the 100 limit of lake trout per day.

Mack Days anglers turned in a total of 2,201 lake trout over the second weekend-879-Friday, 617-Saturday, and 705 on Sunday. Total lake trout catch over the first two weekends is 4,315 entries. Up to $125,000 in Cash and Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the event. Entries are taken at any time and all it takes is one fish to win in the lottery style drawing.

Lonepine angler Mike Benson, leads the top ten anglers with 329, 2 is Max Martz of Corvallis with 321, third and fourth place are Roger Dilts of Polson with 274 and Scott Bombard of Missoula, Tim Mooney of Missoula is sitting 5, Danny Smith of Hot Springs with 227 in 6, Phil Meredith of Kalispell is 7 with 203, John Gauci of Florence in 8 with 163, Steve Benson of Four Lakes, WA is holding onto 9 with 157, and Larry Ashwell of Missoula rounds out in 10 with 136

Lady angler Jeanee Mooney continues her lead with 112, Deana Knipe of Polson with 68, Kim McMillie of Polson with 36, Julie Vacca of Florence has 28, and Debbie Maze of Kalispell follows closely with 24.

Youth 13-17-Eric Sams of Polson leads with 33, Tom McDonald of Niarada with 5, Cody and Jake Norberg of Rapid City, ND each with one. 12 and Under is Dylan Hodgson of Kalispell with 21, Abby Hodgson with 6, Ethan Hafliger of Moiese with 2, and Dawson Dumont of Charlo is right behind him with 1.

Tagged $100 lake trout were caught by: Bill Violette of Missoula, Kathleen Bell of Polson, Tim Mooney, Missoula x 3, Ralph Johnson of Columbia Falls-had been waiting years and over 1,000 lake trout for this, Debbie Maze of Kalispell, Doug Hodgson of Kalispell, Roger Dilts from Polson x 2, Jeanee Mooney of Missoula-x2, and Terry Krogstad from Kalispell. John Gauci-Missoula caught a $200 tagged lake trout.

Non-native lake trout numbers have increased dramatically over the past several years and native bull trout and westslope cutthroat numbers have decreased. Mack Days are used as a tool to reduce the non-native fish and increase the numbers of native fish. Non-native fish greatly impact the Flathead system and move up into the Glacier Parks waters causing effects on the fishery in the park. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes support and sponsor the events and use it as a management tool to help native bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout that are a part of the history of Montana and the CSKT Tribes.

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