One of Montana’s more unique fishing tournaments led to a big payday for one the tourney’s competitors.
Thousands of fish are caught during Fall Mack Days on Flathead Lake. The tournament is unique in that it is spread out over approximately 8 weeks. Also, there are no entry fees and anglers can enter right up to the last day and fish as few or as many days as they want.
Besides total number of fish caught by individual anglers during the event, there are a number of other ways to win parts of the $200,000 in cash and prizes awarded by the Confederated and Salish and Kootenai Tribes. That leads us to the story of Freddy Mack.
The tournament features a number of “tagged” fish. Cindy Benson, Mack Days tournament director, explained that select lake trout have their adipose fin clipped and a tag that can be scanned is also inserted in the jaw. If anglers know what they’re looking for, they can easily detect a clipped fin, and turn them in for instant cash prizes starting at $100. Of course, they don’t know the exact amount until they turn it in.
Terry Krogstad and Julie Perkins (pictured) are dedicated Montana anglers and put