Mack Days Down to Its Final Days

By Beacon Staff

Midsummer weather is accompanying anglers on the final stretch of this year’s Spring Mack Days event.

The competition is down to its final six days and anglers are allowed to fish everyday until Sunday, May 20.

Through last weekend, a total of 29,855 lake trout have been reeled in. But there’s a few notable fish still swimming around — primarily the grand prize $10,000 tagged lake trout. Also remaining are five fish worth $5,000, and 10 worth $1,000, event officials say.

The event concludes Sunday with a fish fry and awards ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. at the Blue Bay campground for the anglers, friends, and family. Award will be handed out beginning at 5 p.m. The top 10 anglers will receive sweatshirts and cash prizes beginning at $700-$200. The top angler will receive a Mack Days jacket.

Food banks from Whitefish to Missoula and beyond are receiving fish from the event. They have processed 90 percent of the lake trout entered in the event, according to event officials.

Information about the event, bull trout identification and fishing tips can be found online.

Spring Mack Days Leaderboard
Through Nine Weeks
Don Beville, Lakeside, 1,173
Mike Benson, Lonepine, 1,018
Jason Mahlen, Kalispell, 969
Craig Morigeau, Polson, 944
Scott Bombard, Missoula, 851
Steve Benson, Four Lakes Wash., 839
Danny Smith, Hot Springs, 765
Jerry Benson, Plains, 760
Larry Schmill, Missoula, 649
David McDaniel, Polson, 635

Tracy Powers, Missoula, 301
Susan Martin, Polson, 282
Nicole Peters, Missoula, 183
Deana Knipe, Polson, 132
Debbie O’Hara, St. Ignatius, 49

Youth 13-17
Tanner Murry, Columbia Falls, 284
Connor Kowalski, Florence, 249
Garrett Beville, Lakeside, 130
Kobe Cox, Charlo, 123
Roger Guillory, Kalispell, 72

Youth 12 & Under
Garett Vaughan, Charlo, 216
Danner Shima, Kalispell, 86
Dylan Hodgson, Kalispell, 58
Alex Moran, Arlee, 31
Carson McDaniel, Polson, 24

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