Fishing heats up for Spring Mack Days
By Hookemharry

Posted: March 25, 2004

Lake trout fishing on Flathead Lake seems to be getting good just in time for the kickoff of Spring Mack Days.

“Most of the anglers that have been going out have indicated they are catching their limit of lakers,” says Tracy Burland from S-K Marina. Burland says fishermen have been doing well around the islands north of Polson.

“Rocky Point and Gravel have also been producing some nice catches of lake trout,” according to Dick Zimmer, from Zimmer Tackle which is based at Pablo.

The most popular method is to find the fish and then put anchor down and jig. If you can get over a school of lake trout, you will more than likely catch your limit in a short time period.

Spring Mack Days is the fourth in a series of lottery-based fishing events. The idea behind the derby, which runs for five consecutive weekends, is to harvest smaller macks to make room for trophy lake trout in Flathead Lake. It is also designed to enable sport fishing to help benefit Flathead Lake native species.

Honorary Chairman for Spring Mack Days 2004 is Dennis Anderson. Dennis and his wife Nyla own KERR Radio in Polson. “ Dennis has been very generous in donating time and money to help promote Flathead Lake as a regional vacation destination for anglers,” noted Burland, who is the tourney’s Chairman.

This Saturday morning from 6 to 8 a.m., Walleye Wayne and I will be broadcasting the statewide Montana Outdoor Radio Show from the KwaTaqNuk resort located in Polson on the shore of the lake. Then, from 8 to 10 a.m., we will have a special “Breakfast Broadcast” that will air on KERR-750AM.

A special fisherman’s breakfast of trout and eggs for $5.95 and a pancake filler for $2.95 will be served by Chef Dave Gross of the resort. The public is invited to come and join the fun and swap fishing stories.
Both shows will focus on Flathead Lake and how to catch lake trout. We will also be talking to area experts on when the “Perch Bite” is expected to take off in Polson Bay.

Spring Mack Days offers cash awards of $2,500 and runs from March 26th through Sunday April 25th — 15 consecutive days that will encompass every Friday-Sunday of that time period.

Registration and more information can be obtained by calling 406-883-1902 or you can log on

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