2019 Fall Mack Days on Flathead Lake coming soon–Check it out!
By angelamontana

Posted: August 5, 2019

The 2019 Fall Mack Days Fishing Event will soon be here. If you have already sent in your entry for the event please disregard this reminder. If you have not this is just a reminder to get your entry in before or on September 15th to qualify for the $200 Early Bird Drawing-one prize-you must also enter at least one lake trout during the event.

Thank you to everyone who has helped to make past events successful. Mack Days Fishing Events are used as a management tool to reduce non-native lake trout in Flathead Lake and increase the native bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout in the lake. The native fish are an important part of the history of the lake, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal history, and the history of the State of Montana.

The 2019 Fall Event is the thirty fifth event since the start of the events in the Fall of 2002. That year eighty anglers turned in a total of 888 lake trout in fifteen days.  The event for the fall went to forty five days in 2015. The record high total for a Fall Event was in 2015 with 19,540 lake trout entries. Lowest number since we began the forty five days during an event is 14,700 in 2017. The 2016 event total was 17,527 and  the 2018 total was 15,423. Weather is a huge factor on the events so we are hoping for good fishing weather for the 2019 Fall Mack Days Event.

Good luck and tight lines everyone!

-Cindy Bras-Benson, Confederated Salish and Kooteni Tribal Fisheries Program


2019 Fall Mack Days

Sponsored by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes

And sanctioned by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

On All Of Flathead Lake

Up to $150,000 in Cash and Prizes

(1)-$10,000 & (3) $5,000 & (5) $1000 + over (9,000) $500-September 20th-November 10th $100 Tagged Lake Trout

Turn in your entry in before or on September 18th and enter at least one fish to qualify for a $200 Early Bird Drawing-one prize

Friday- Sunday-competitive Mack Days-lottery, prizes, tagged fish, and bonuses-no fish entries on Mondays

Top ten angler prizes: Pick your best 15 days out of 24 possible, on Friday-Sunday

Tuesday-Thursday– 6:00 pm deadline to turn in fish – 8-$50 lottery drawings-plus if you turn in live lake trout to the tagging boat you will receive tickets for a special lottery drawing for (2) $500 prizes plus cooler tickets-1 for every 10 entries Tues-Sun-21 days.     



Fish the entire lake-Check in stations at Somers, Wayfarers, Big Arm, Blue Bay & Polson
Go to the website-click on events at the top of the page-check in times are listed there.


All it takes is one ticket to win a lottery prize in the drawing-Fri-Sun-one ticket for every lake trout entry

32 lottery drawings-$1,000-$400

Top ten angler prizes $800-$300-Fri-Sun-(except last day, 15 best days of possible 24 days)

Captains Prizes $250-(4 prizes), Smallest lake trout $250-(2 prizes), Largest lake trout $500

Top lady anglers $300, $200, $100. $100 -by total fish entered

Youth anglers- (17-13) 1st– $200, 2nd-$150, 3rd-$75, 4-5th-$50 (12 & under)-1st-$100, 2nd-$75, 3rd-$50 by total fish entered

Fri-Sat Weekend Prizes-5@$100 per weekend

Golden Angler Award (age 70 & older)-$200 & $100, determined by total fish entered

Bucket Days-3 days of single/boat-heaviest 4-fish-10/4-Friday, 10/19-Saturday, & 11/3-Sunday-weights recorded as they are entered


Last Day Only-separate drawings:  $200, $150, $100 & Heaviest Mack weight under 30”-$200 & $100

ALL ANGLERS WHO ENTER 11 or more LAKE TROUT QUALIFY for BONUSES The higher your total – the higher the bonus category – every day counts: Tues-Sun (45 total days)

Bonuses -Your total at the end of the 45 days determines your bonus amount. Every day counts for the bonus:

0-10 lake trout=$0, 11-30=$35, 31-60=$75, 61-100=$125, 101-150=$210, 151-200=$290, 201-250=$380, 251-300=$465, 301-350=$570, 351-400=$675, 401-450=$765, 451-500=$875, 501-550=$995, 551-600=$1,120, 601-650=$1,250, 651-700=$1,420, 701-750=$1,630, 751-800=$1,940, 801-850=$2,270, 851-900=$2,625,  901-950=$3,000,  951-1000=$3,400, 1001-1050=$3,750, 1051-1100=$4.035, 1101-1150=$4,275, 1151-1200=$4,700, 1201-1250=$4,900, 1251-1300=$5,100, 1301-1350=$5,300 & up


SPIRIT OF THE RULE:  It is the intention of this event to promote good sportsmanship and fair play.  Anglers are asked to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, and conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to them, the sport of fishing, and help sustain a successful Mack Days contest well into the future.  Unsportsmanlike conduct, stealing, and cheating may result in disqualification.


Fish Fry for participants & families-November 10th at Blue Bay-3:00

Awards Ceremony at 4:00

Check the rules, prizes, bonuses, check in sites, & register online at www.mackdays.com       

Telephone 406-883-2888 Ex. 7294 or 406-270-3386

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