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Shore angler

Shore angler Kaden Nelson holds the lake trout he caught while fishing from shore with Asten and Kellyn Nelson of Polson.

Lake trout anglers have one week left in the 2019 Spring Mack Days fishing event.

Registration continues until the last day.

So far, 216 anglers have entered a total of 36,680 lake trout, 3,896 were entered just in the past weekend.

The $10,000 tagged lake trout is still out there along with three $5,000, five $1,000, and more than 9,000 with values from $500-$100.

Jason Mahlen of Kalispell was a $500 tagged lake trout winner in week eight. This was his second tagged fish of the event. Bob Syvrud, of Polson, Ken Varga, of Kalispell, and Andy Reed, of Kalispell, were lucky $200 tagged lake trout winners. Connie Jones, Kolton Turner, Bob Turner, all from Kalispell, were $100 winners along with Sam Sacchi of Thompson Falls.

Mahlen continues to lead all anglers in the Top Ten Category with his total of 1,979 entries, averaging 99 a day. He has 13 perfect 100-fish days.

Kolton Turner of Kalispell is in second with 1,716 entries and a 91.8 average; 3) David McDaniel of Polson with 1,513 and 76.33; 4) Bob Turner-1,399 and 77.47; 5) Mike Benson of Lonepine 1,244 and 69.53; 6) Scott Mahlen of Kalispell with 1,128 and 61.93; 7) Jerry Benson of Plains with 1,030 and 62.07; 8) Ken Varga of Kalispell with 982 and 59.73; 9) Matt Guckenberg of Kalispell with 923 and 54.67; 10) Scott Bombard of Missoula with 918 and 54.66.

Top ten anglers will be placed by the 15-day average on Saturday evening. Sunday’s fish entry total goes on the bonus totals but is a separate day for prizes.

Julie Perkins of Kalispell continues her lead in the Ladies Category with 589. Second place is Leah Banyai of Kalispell with 366; 3) Connie Jones of Kalispell with 130; 4) Debbie Paine of Polson with 123; and 5) Lisa Cloo of Clinton has 75.

Florence angler Larry Karper has a total of 585 in the 70 and Over Category for first place; 2) Larry Ashwell Missoula 492; 3) Gary Perleberg of Bigfork with 237; 4) John Gauci of Florence has 193; and 5) Roger Brewer of Kalispell iwith 42.

Matt Guckenberg Jr. of Kalispell leads in the 13-17 Category with 533; 2) Leah Banyai with 366; 3) Emmett Ludahl of Kalispell with 31; 4) Abby Hodgson of Kalispell has 20; and 5) Wyatt Thompson of Kalispell has five.

Brodie Smith of Kalispell has 167 in the 12 and Under Category; 2) Fjord Borgan of Columbia Falls; 3) Fisher Whitaker of Kalispell with 33; 4) HD of Arlee with 22; and 5) Gunner Whitaker with 12.

Shore anglers are starting to come in with entries. There are tips for shore and boat anglers on the website www.mackdays.com. Check it out to find fish ID, entries, pick-up site information, etc. or telephone 406-270-3386.

Mack Days will end May 19 with a fish fry for friends and family that begins at 3 p.m. and awards at 4 p.m. at the Blue Bay boathouse area.

There is up to $225,000 in cash and prizes that will be awarded on the last day of the event, which is sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The events are used to reduce the non-native lake trout in Flathead Lake to increase the numbers of native bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout which were the dominant fish in the lake for thousands of years. It is important to protect the native fish for future generations.

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