2015 Fall Mack Days is almost to the home stretch of the event. Two more three day weekends Friday through Sunday along with two weeks of Tuesday through Thursday fishing is all that is left to the finish. All it takes is one fish to win in the lottery style drawing on the last day of the event. Mack Days Events are sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. They are a tool used to lower the non-native lake trout population in Flathead Lake. Up to $150,000 in Cash and Prizes will be awarded on November 15th the last day of the event.
Fishing reports are that lake trout are being caught trolling in the 55-80 foot range, jigging in 220’, or some casting along the shore or steep drop off areas. Some say the fish are coming in shallower now that the weather is cooling off.
Terry Krogstad of Kalispell continues his lead reeling in 971 entries in the Top Ten category. His fifteen day average which is what places the Top Ten Anglers is 61.8. Mike Benson of Lonepine is in second with 853 lake trout entries and an average of 55.4, 3rd-Felix Gauci of Stevensville with 795 and 51.7, 4th-Bob Stewart of Kalispell with 503, Phil Meredith of Kalispell is 5th-468 and 31.2, 6th-Richard Kreis of Huson-422 and 27.7, 7th –Scott Bombard of Missoula with 386 and 25.3, Larry Karper of Florence is in 8th with 374 and 24.5, 9th-Danny Smith of Hot Springs-333, and 10th-Sam Cusker of Missoula-305. Some anglers do not have a fifteen day average yet.
A $10,000 tagged lake trout is still out there. Three $5,000 lake trout and five $1,000 lake trout along with over 6000 with values from $100 to $500 are still waiting for a lucky angler. One hundred fourteen tagged lake trout have been turned in so far with values from $100 to $500.
Winds, waves, and rain hampered the numbers over the weekend. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday anglers were hit with it all. Winds caused big waves some boats reporting that waves came over the bows of the boats at times. Rain made for some wet conditions every day but everyone adapted and fished on. Fridays total was 507, Saturday 550, and Sunday 343. Total weekend fish entries are 10,981. Tuesday through Thursday total is 3,380 and combined total is 14,361.
Laurie Kreis of Huson is the lady leading in that category with 234, Jeanee Mooney of Missoula is second with 111, Brandy Hilde of Missoula 3rd with 109, Debbie Pike of Polson 4th with 103, and Julie Vacca of Florence with 77 is 5th.
Larry Karper has the lead in the 70 & Over group with 374, 2nd Glenn Hoffman of Missoula with 181, 3rd-Jim Hoover of Whitefish-155, 4th Leonard Lewis of Missoula with 111, and 5th Richard Hembd of Columbia Falls with 82.
Ayden Tripp of Missoula lead the 13-17 age group with 18, Landon Wilkensen of Libby is 2nd with 17, Brandon Bass of Lakeside has 9, Myles Tripp is at 8 and Garrett Beville of Bigfork has 8.
Ellyana Tripp is leading in the 12 and Under with 28, Tyler Throop of Missoula has 2, Makenna Garrett of Missoula-2, and Tripp Bick of Arlee-1 and Kaden Blowers of Missoula-1.
Boaters are reminded to be safe and be prepared when out on the water.
Entries continue to be taken until the last day of the event. Go to www.mackdays.com for more information, tips, fish ID, etc. or telephone 406-270-3386.