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FLATHEAD LAKE – Flathead Lake trout anglers are working hard to increase their fish totals before the 2018 fall fishing event ends on Nov. 11 at 3:00 p.m. 

The fish fry for friends and family will begin at 4 p.m. Entries will be taken until the last day of the event. There is no entry fee. It only takes one ticket entry to qualify for the lottery drawings. Prizes will be awarded on the last day. 

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes sponsored the event. The events are used as a fisheries management tool to reduce numbers of non-native lake trout in Flathead Lake and increase the numbers of native bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout. CSKT has a special $13 yearly Flathead Lake (south half) combined use fishing permit available to anyone from in state or out of state.

A total of 13,615 lake trout entries have been turned in during this event by one hundred forty-five anglers. Anglers turned in 362 fish on Friday, 543 on Saturday and 357 on Sunday. 

Leading the anglers is Mike Benson of Lonepine with a total of 932. Scott Bombard of Missoula is second in total with 740. Felix Gauci of Stevensville is third with 734. David McDaniel of Polson is fourth with 609. Terry Krogstad of Kalispell is fifth with 488. Larry Karper of Florence is sixth with 485. Sam Cusker of Whitefish is seventh with 483, and Larry Ashwell of Missoula is eighth with 466. Richard Kreis of Huson is ninth with 408, and Julie Perkins of Kalispell is tenth with 328.  

Julie Perkins leads the ladies category with 328 lake trout entries, Laurie Kreis of Huson is second with 148, Gina Schiff of Whitefish is third with 75, Kimberly Mack of Helena is fourth with 70, and Debby Sacchi of Thompson Falls is fifth with 65.

Larry Karper is first in the 70 and over category with 485, Larry Ashwell of Missoula is second with 466, John Gauci of Florence is third with 298, Bob Christensen of Missoula is fourth with 271, and Bernie Olson of Lakeside is fifth with 63. 

Tripp Bick of Arlee leads the 12 and under category with eight, Alison Putzler of Huson is second with five, Kieran Incashola of St. Ignatius is third with three, Bailey Piedalue of Charlo is fourth with two and tied for fifth is Michael Marlatt of Missoula, Brodie Smith of Kalispell, Ashton Lamberton of Missoula, and Michael Incashola of St. Ignatius.  

Matt Guckenberg Jr. of Kalispell is first in the 13 to 17 age category with 86, Matt Kreis of Huson is second with 27 and Madisyn Lugibihl of Missoula is third with five.

There is still a $10,000 tagged lake trout lurking out there in the lake. He has several partners, including three $5,000 fish, five $1,000 fish and over 6,000 fish at $500 to $100 each. 

For more information about the event, go to or telephone 406-883-2888 ex. 7294 or 7282. 

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