The 2021 Fall Mack Days Fishing Event, sponsored by the Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribes, began with fishermen lucky enough to land fish in their boats on Friday.
The weather cooperated after a morning breeze and many had lots of lake trout to surrender at the end of the day.
Felix Gauci of Stevensville had a great day and completed the first 100 fish day of the event. The fish total on Friday was 955.
On Saturday high winds started to blow and anglers were looking for protection, many reported huge rolls across the water. The total for Saturday was 370 lake trout.
Sunday the winds and rain came and continued all day. It was a brutal day on the water for the anglers, but many endured it with a total of 616 lakers.
Fishermen agree that they can handle the rain, but the wind is something they have a harder time dealing with.
Up to $ 200,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded at the end of the event on Sunday November 14th.
There are many ways to win with several different categories to qualify. The Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribes
use these fishing activities as a management tool to reduce non-native lake trout in Flathead Lake with the goal of increasing native populations of Bull Trout and Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the lake.
The unnamed $ 10,000 lake trout waits for a lucky fisherman to drop his lure. Next week we’ll have it named after a drawing from a list of submitted fisherman names.
There are an additional $ 3 to 5,000 and $ 5 to $ 1,000 of lake trout labeled over 9,000 with values of $ 100 to $ 500.
Plus, in addition to this year’s event, a $ 1,000 tagged fish sponsored by Bretz RV and Marine of Missoula.
Huson’s Richard Kreis returned the first 2021 fall lake trout tagged on Thursday, valued at $ 100. Gauci also handed out a $ 100 tagged lake trout. Bigfork’s Jim Schriber caught a $ 100 tagged lake trout on Saturday and Lonepine’s Mike Benson returned a $ 500 tagged lake trout at the end of the day.
Laurie Kreis of Huson got off to a good start leading the ladies with 109 lake trout entries. Kim Mack from Helena is in second place with 49 lake trout starters. In third place is Julie Perkins of Kalispell with 34. In fourth place is Debby Sacchi of Thompson Falls with 23, and in fifth place is Gina Schiff of Whitefish with 20 macks.
The leader of the 70 and over category is Larry Karper from Florence with 135 entries. He is followed by Jack Kirkland of Kalispell with 106 entries, third is Larry Ashwell of Missoula with 83 entries, John Gauci of Florence is fourth with 67 entries and fifth place is Paul Grove of Wyoming with 36 entries for lake trout.
The top 10 anglers are Gauci (185), Benson (171), and Sam Cusker of Bigfork (154). Richard Kreis of Huson is fourth with 150 entries while in fifth place is Larry Karper with 135 entries. In sixth place is Laurie Kreis with 109 entries.
In seventh place is Jack Kirkland of Missoula with 106. In eighth place is Scott Bombard of Missoula with 101 entries. In ninth place is Larry Ashwell, with 83 entries, and in 10th is Mark McMillin, with 79 lake trout.
The weekend winners were: Kim Mack- $ 200, Richard Kreis- $ 100, John Gauci- $ 100, Sam Cusker- $ 100, and Roger Schiff of Whitefish- $ 100.
A smaller lake trout entry was put back. Mark McMillin handed over an 8¾ inch fish. No large lake trout entries have been returned so far.
The nine-week Fall Mack Days event ends November 14. Registrations continue to be taken until the last day of the event.
For more information, go to www.mackdays.com and click on the events tab at the top of the page or call 406-270-3386.