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The CSKT Fisheries Program announces the release of a set of educational materials designed to increase the success of lake trout catch on Flathead Lake. The materials include “Catching Lake Trout in Flathead Lake,” a two-DVD set, a Flathead Lake bathymetric map, a factsheet with fish identification and an updated Mack Days website.   

This set of educational materials is designed to provide important and timely information to anglers in order to improve their harvest of lake trout. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes manage fisheries in Flathead Lake to slowly suppress non-native lake trout to benefit native bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout.

“Teaching people to fish for lake trout is a long term investment in the protection of native fish in Flathead Lake.” said Tom McDonald, Manager of the Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation.

The tribes’ annual Mack Days events are also part of the overall effort to suppress lake trout populations to reduce competitive pressures on native bull trout and cutthroat trout in Flathead Lake.  Mack Days Events are a management tool developed to implement the Flathead Lake and River Co-management Plan.

“We are optimistic that this latest tool will translate into higher harvest by the fishing public, not just during Mack Days but throughout the year,” says Barry Hanson, tribal fisheries biologist.

“These lake-trout-catching movies, Flathead Lake map, and the fish identification information have been well received by anglers, from experienced anglers to novice anglers,” said Cindy Benson, Mack Days coordinator. “All of the anglers say they are picking up tips, techniques, and strategies from the jigging, trolling and dock fishing movies.” 

“Mack Days anglers appreciate the effort the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes put into this project and they are very impressed by the quality of the products,” added Benson.

For more information about these educational materials or to get copies of any of these free products, contact Cindy Benson at (406) 675-2700 ext. 7294, or at, or stop by the Natural Resources Department at 406 Sixth Ave. E. in Polson.



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