2022 Spring Mack Days to end May 15, thousands and prizes still available

Missoulian staff

The 2022 Spring Mack Days are coming to a close and an elusive $10,000-prize fish named “The Captain” remains at large. 

May 15 will mark the end of this annual fishing competition on Flathead Lake. A total of 18,699 lake trout have been entered into the event thus far. 

Along with The Captain, there are nine other lake trout with big cash prizes still lurking somewhere in the Flathead; three worth $5,000, five worth $1,000 and an extra $1,000 tagged lake trout sponsored by Bretz RV and Marine. 

There a many ways to win. Even if you don’t reel in The Captain, you have the opportunity to receive awards for the smallest or largest lake trout caught, and be entered into weekend drawings. 

The eighth weekend drawing winners were: Tom Kemppainen of Columbia Falls-$200, Julie Duncan $100 X 2-Kalispell, Travis Banyai of Lakeside-$100, and Dwayne Whitaker-$100 of Kalispell.

Results thus far:

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First place: Kolton Turner of Kalispell holds the lead in the top 20 category. He and his dad, Bob, had a combined total of 471 lake trout entries in the 8th weekend of fishing and a total of 2,593

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