2017 Fall Mack Days on Flathead Lake will be here soon!
By angelamontana


Sponsored by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes

And sanctioned by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

On Flathead Lake

Up to $150,000 in Cash and Prizes

(1)-$10,000 & (3) $5,000 & (5) $1000 + over (6,000) $500-$100 Tagged Lake Trout

FISH ALL OF FLATHEAD LAKE-NO ENTRY FEE-Enter up until the last day-entry form under the events tab at www.mackdays.com be sure and hit the submit button at the bottom of the page.

September 22nd-November 12th

Fish Tuesday-Sunday or fish one day

MACK DAYS AWARDS-listed below

Bonus payouts –All anglers catching 10 fish or more will win. Bonus amount increases as totals increase-fish up to 45 days-Tues-Sundays-see bonus pay out chart at bottom of page

Tagged Fish Category- over 6,000 tagged fish $100-$10,000-Tues-Sunday

1-$10,000, 2-$5,000, & 5-$1,000 Tagged Lake Trout and Over 6,000 $100-$500 tagged lake trout-check the adipose fin on the fish-if it is clipped it could mean a tagged fish. Past events have had tagged fish turned in with values of $10,000, $5,000, $1,000 plus hundreds with values from $100-$500.  Mark your clipped fish with yarn, electrical tie around the tail or around the gill plate, etc. New-fish over 30” caught on the south half of the lake will be scanned for a tag and tagged amount awarded if the adipose fin has been clipped. No lottery ticket for any fish over 30” applies. 

6-$50 lottery drawings for Tues-Thurs plus if you assist with tagging by giving live lake trout to the tagging boat you will qualify for two $500 drawings-bonus amounts count Tues-Sunday

YETI Cooler-1 ticket for every 10 fish- Tuesday-Sunday

Lottery Prizes-$1,000-$500-up to 27 drawings-plus merchandise drawings-Fri-Sundays one ticket for each lake trout entry-must be present for the merchandise drawings

Golden Angler Award (anglers 70 & over)-$200 & $100 plus 2 $50 drawings-Fri-Sunday

Captains Prize- 4-$250 Fri-Sundays-Captains get one ticket for each angler on their boat turning in fish each day

Smallest Lake Trout- 2-$250- Fri-Sundays-ends on Saturday November 11th

Largest Lake Trout-$500 must be over 36” and 24lbs.-Fri-Sundays-ends on Saturday November 11th

Ladies Only-$300, $200, $100, $100- Fri-Sundays

Top 10 Angler Prizes: $800-$200 each- Fri-Sundays

Anglers receive lottery tickets only for their best 15/24 days Fri-Sun.  Anglers fishing more than 15 days will only receive additional tickets if their harvest number exceeds one of their previous 15 days, which it would replace to increase the total. Top ten angler prizes will be determined by the best 15 day average Fri-Sun.  All fish count for the bonus tally.  The last day (day 45) ends at 3:00 and counts for the last day tickets and bonuses, but not the lottery.

Youth anglers (13-17)1st-$200, $150, $75, $50-4th & 5th (12 & under)-1st-$100, $75, $50- Fri-Sundays

Weekend Prizes-8-$300 & $200-drawn and posted for each weekend plus- merchandise prizes- Fri-Sundays

New-Weekend Drawings for $300 and $200-will be held each week with witnesses present and names announced. Tickets can then be put into the drawing tumbler to save time on the last day. There will also be a few merchandise drawings-anglers do not need to be present for these drawings

3-Bucket Fish Days-10/6, 10/21, & 11/5-mark your heaviest 4 lake trout-bucket weight-daily prize and overall prizes

Last Day Only Drawings-$200, $150, & $100 plus $200 & $100 for heaviest lake trout under 30”-last day is a separate day but does count for bonus amounts

Check out our website at www.mackdays.com- -rules-please read, photos, fish ID, entry page, etc.

Early Bird Prize Drawing$200-one prize-enter on or before September 20th & enter one lake trout to qualify

Bonus amounts:

# of fish Bonus $ # $ # $ # $ # $
0-10 $0 501-550 $995 1101-1150 $4,275 1701-1750 $6,900 2301-2350 $9,300
11-30 $35 551-600 $1,120 1151-1200 $4,700 1751-1800 $7,100 2351-2400 $9,500
31-60 $75 601-650 $1,250 1201-1250 $4,900 1801-1850 $7,300 2401-2450 $9,700
61-100 $125 651-700 $1,420 1251-1300 $5,100 1851-1900 $7,500 2451-2500 $9,900
101-150 $210 701-750 $1,630 1301-1350 $5,300 1901-1950 $7,700 2501-2550 $10,100
151-200 $290 751-800 $1,940 1351-1400 $5,500 1951-2000 $7,900 2551-2600 $10,300
201-250 $380 801-850 $2,270 1401-1450 $5,700 2001-2050 $8,100 2601-2650 $10,500
251-300 $465 851-900 $2,625 1451-1500 $5,900 2051-2100 $8,300 2651-2700 $10,700
301-350 $570 901-950 $3,000 1501-1550 $6,100 2101-2150 $8,500 2701-2750 $10,900
351-400 $675 951-1000 $3,400 1551-1600 $6,300 2151-2200 $8,700 2751-2800 $11,100
401-450 $765 1001-1050 $3,750 1601-1650 $6,500 2201-2250 $8,900 2801-2850 $11,200
451-500 $875 1051-1100 $4,035 1651-1700 $6,700 2251-2300 $9,100 2851-2900 $11,400

The CSKT Fisheries Program’s goal for Mack Days contests on Flathead Lake is to slowly reduce the smaller sized lake trout in the population. The Flathead Lake and River Fisheries Co-Management Plan’s goal is not to completely eliminate the lake trout population, but to find a better balance between a recreational fishery based largely on lake trout and healthier native trout-bull trout and westslope cutthroat populations. Be sure and know how to ID the native fish-go to the website for information or contact Montana FWP or CSKT Tribal offices.

Questions: 406-883-2888 ex. 7294 or 406-270-3386

mail-cindy.benson@cskt.org

Tight lines &Good luck everyone!

(via Cynthia Benson)





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