Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes “Mack Days” to Reward Anglers ($300,00) for Pulling Out of Flathead Lake as Many Lake Trout as Possible; Helps ESA-listed Bull Trout

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes “Mack Days” to Reward Anglers ($300,00) for Pulling Out of Flathead Lake as Many Lake Trout as Possible; Helps ESA-listed Bull Trout

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Hundreds of trout anglers will head to Montana’s Flathead Lake this fall to compete in a fishing derby where the goal is not to catch the biggest trout, but to reel in the most. The daily bag limit for this contest may be surprising. Organizers encourage anglers to catch as many as 100 lake trout per day.

The Mack Days fishing contest starts Sept. 8 and runs through Nov. 15 and is sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The Tribes’ goal is to remove as many non-native lake trout as possible from Flathead Lake.

To lure anglers to the months-long fishing derbies that occur in the spring and fall, organizers award as much as $300,000 dollars in prizes annually.