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Bull Trout ID
Anglers need to be aware that turning in a bull trout during the event will be a violation and will be turned in to the proper authorities. Tickets and fines will be issued. Bull trout by catch is something we all want and need to avoid. It is an angler’s responsibility to know the identifying characteristics of bull trout. The Spring Events is when we see the small bull trout that are very similar to small lake trout. You have to look at more than color. Check out the bull trout ID page.

Discount at Kwataqnuk!
Great News Anglers! Kwataqnuk Resort will give a 15% discount on rooms for Mack Days anglers. You need to reference Mack Days when reserving rooms for the Spring Event.



BE SAFE ON THE ICE!
There is no such thing as 100-percent-safe ice. Be prepared. Take safety precautions: Review these Safety Tips.

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2015 SPRING MACK DAYS
LAKE TROUT FISHING EVENT/DERBY ON FLATHEAD LAKE

Sponsored by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and
sanctioned by Montana Fish , Wildlife, and Parks

Up to $225,000 in Cash and Prizes Awarded 
One $10,000 & Three $5,000 Prizes; Five $1000 Prizes and Over Five Thousand $500 to $100 tagged lake trout

March 20th through May 17th

Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays are
Competitive Mack Days with lottery, prizes, tagged fish, and bonuses

New this Event:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday will be bonus days and tagged fish only

Pick your 18/27 best days Friday-Sunday to count for the lottery, top angler, and other prizes.

FISH THE ENTIRE LAKE

All it takes is one fish to win!

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GREETINGS MACK DAYS CONTESTANTS

The Tribal Fisheries Program is continuing to estimate the size of the lake trout population by means of the mark and recapture method. As we continue our efforts to increase harvest, it is increasingly important to demonstrate how increased harvest affects the abundance of lake trout. We need to tag a large number of fish to get a good estimate, and we request your continued help in this effort. More tags in the lake mean better population estimates and better opportunities for you to catch tagged fish. The fisheries program staff will be on the lake to collect fish from anglers for tagging on most Fridays during the contest. We will try to restrict our activities to smaller portions of the lake so that we can approach anglers several times during the day to collect their fish for tagging, and so that you can be aware of when we will be returning to your site. We will keep track of each fish we take from you and report that information to Cindy. If you have several live fish and have not seen fisheries program staff on the lake please call my cell phone and we will respond as quickly as possible. If you don’t have a live well or large cooler, we could possibly lend you one so that you can keep your fish in a healthy condition for release. Note that we cannot take fish that have been punctured to reduce the air in their bladders. To tag a lake trout in order to put back into the lake it has to be in good shape. My cell phone # is 406-546-6375. Thank you for your participation in Mack Days and your efforts to help increase native fish abundance in Flathead Lake.


— Evan R. Smith, CSKT Fisheries Biologist



PLEASE IDENTIFY YOUR CATCH CAREFULLY!

Anglers need to be aware that turning in a bull trout during the 2015 Spring Event will be a violation and will be turned in to the proper authorities. Tickets and fines will be issued. Bull trout by catch is something we all want to avoid and need to avoid. It is an angler’s responsibility to know the identifying characteristics of bull trout. The Spring Events is when we see the small bull trout that are very similar to small lake trout. You have to look at more than color. Check out the bull trout ID page.


It is very important to correctly identify each fish you catch-especially the smaller fish. It can be difficult to tell small bull trout from small lake trout. If you are in doubt about the identity of the fish, put it back. We had an unacceptable level of bull trout catch and harvest during past contests. This undermined our objective to benefit native fish and threatens the future of the contests.

  • Bull trout have no black spots on the dorsal fin, and orange spotting on the sides of the fish can be very light and difficult to see.
  • Examine the top of the back. Spots on a bull trout will be distinctly rounded and uniform.
  • Flatten the tail out wide. Bull trout will have a tail that is squarer than lake trout. Although some smaller bull trout will have a slight V shape and be confused with lake trout.
  • Please carefully study the fish ID page on this website.

We are required to report all bull trout entries to the authorities. Let’s strive for zero mistaken identities this year!

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ALERT: STAY CLEAR OF SCIENTIFIC BUOYS!

Please stay at least 300 feet from the Biological Station's two new instrumented buoys in Flathead Lake to prevent entanglement of your fishing lines with the cable that goes from the surface of the buoy to the lake bottom and to avoid damaging this expensive equipment. For more information click here.

Webcams show boats frequent the area around the midlake buoy, which is troublesome because they could easily destroy the instrument accidentally by entangling a fishing line on the electrical cable that goes from the buoy to the lake bottom. The second buoy is west of Woods Bay, which is a very popular fishing site. So please take care to stay at least 300 feet away from these very important and very expensive instrumented buoys.

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