|November 21, 2013
2013 Fall Mack Days concludes
POLSON ó The 2013 Fall Mack Days Fishing Event on Flathead Lake concluded Sunday November 17 with a fish fry and award ceremony at the Blue Bay Campground. Many enjoyed the delicious fish cooked by head chef and fisheries technician Joe Santos and fisheries technician Mountain Wahl. Mack Days are sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Up to $125,000 in Cash and Prizes are awarded in the Fall Events.
Winner of the top ten angler award was Terry Krogstad of Kalispell with a 63.0 15 day average and a total fish count of 956. Mike Benson of Lonepine came in 2nd with an average of 54.4 and fish count of 1001, 3rd was Roger Dilts of Polson with 52.5 and 1051, 4th place went to Steven Benson of Four Lakes, WA. -49.4 and 875, 5th-Tim Mooney-Missoula-48.5 and 917, 6th-Scott Bombard-Missoula-47.4 and 975, 7th-Phil Meredith-Kalispell-36.2 and 603, 8th-Danny Smith-Hot Springs-30.6 and 514, 9th-Richard Kreis-Huson-26.9 and 514, and 10th went to lady angler Jeanee Mooney-Missoula with 26.4 and 411.
A total of 14,330 lake trout entries (average 573/day) were turned in during the 25 days of the event. The 2012 Fall Event had a total of 14,632 (average 522.5/day) entries over 28 days. The 2011 33 day Fall Event (average 556.7/day) entries were 18,357. Registered anglers in the event came to 590 with 197 of the anglers turning in lake trout entries.
Jeanee Mooney won the ladies category with 411 entries and set a new Mack Days Fall Event record for the ladies. Second place went to Laurie Kreis of Huson with 152, 3rd-Deana Knipe of Polson-132, 4th-Kim McMillie-Ronan-101, and 5th-Julie Vacca of Missoula with 49.
Youth 13-17 leader-Eric Sams of Polson won with 45, 2nd-Tom McDonald-Niarada-5, 3rd-Wyatt Jensen-Polson-4. Dylan Hodgson of Kalispell was the leader in the 12 & Under group with 23, 2nd-Abby Hodgson-18, and 3rd-Ethan Haflinger-Moiese-4 lake trout entries.
Roger Schiff of Whitefish received his check for a $5,000 tagged fish along with other anglers who combined for a total of 144 tagged fish that were caught during the event. Tags were valued at $500-$100.
Food banks from Kalispell to Missoula to St. Regis have received lake trout that are processed during the event. By- products of the fish go to a composter for future use in gardens as fertilizer.
Mack Days staff would like to thank everyone who makes the events possible and successful. You make it happen.
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have produced lake trout fishing DVDís and lake trout fishing booklets that give fishing tips, techniques, and other information. They can be picked up at the CSKT Natural Resources or telephone for information.
For more information about the Fall Event and to watch for future information about the 2014 Spring Mack Days go to www.mackdays.com or telephone 406-883-2888, ext. 7294.