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Plein Air painters pick Polson

POLSON — About 15 local artists signed up for the Plein Air Paintout on Sept. 11, which turned out to be sunny. The group gathered at Riverside Park at 9 a.m. but then scattered, with some going to the Travis Dolphin Dog Park, one man going to the Polson Fly-In and four artists remaining at Riverside Park. Marje Grinde said she got a late start and decided to stay at the park as did Nancy Miller. Miller is not a plein air artist, but she said, “I thought I’d just try.” At 5 p.m. the group brought their paintings back to Riverside Park for display. The artists joined plein air painters from around the world for the eighth International Plein Air Paintout.

Naethe claims Mack Days title

Pablo teenage angler Stephen Naethe won his third Mack Days title in a row, but just barely. Entering the final weekend of the 11-week event, Naethe had already had his third title dating back to the 2009 fall event sewn up, but had to wait and see if anybody could tie him. Columbia Falls angler Steven...

Benson edges closer to Naethe for Mack Days’ title

After the penultimate weekend of the 2010 Spring Mack Days, Columbia Falls’ Steven Benson still has a chance to catch Stephen Naethe for the top angler, but he will need to be perfect in the final weekend. Benson caught 50 of the 1,321 lake trout turned in Friday and was one of three anglers to reac...

Mom nets monster during 9th weekend of Mack Days

Mother’s Day is a day that you’re supposed to put the fishing pole and tackle away and spoil mom for a day – unless your mom is Nicole Peters. Peters, the top lady angler in the 2009 Fall Mack Days and leading women in the spring event, caught a 45-inch, 38.4-pound lake trout, while fish...

Mack Days’ anglers keep blowing away record

A windy Sunday kept the window open, however slim, for somebody other than Pablo teenager Stephen Naethe winning the 2010 Spring Mack Days. Naethe, who is also in the lead for largest fish, was trying to bring his 15-day average to the perfect 50-fish limit Sunday, but the winds put his plans on hold for ...

Records continue to fall in Spring Mack Days

Anglers continued to add to the record number of lake trout caught in the Mack Days’ eight-year history. Through seven weekends, the 1,095 anglers – also a Mack Days’ record, have turned in 20,829 mackinaw, which shatters the previous high of 14,451 caught in the 2007 Fall Mack Days. Wit...

Mack Days anglers net record catch

The record-breaking number of anglers entered in the 2010 Spring Mack Days took advantage of the beautiful spring weather and caught 3,679 lake trout. The 3,679 mackinaw caught in this weekend was the most in the 11-week event and pushed the number of lake trout caught through six weekends to 17,292, whic...

Naethe leads Mack Days through 5 weekends of fishing

The record-breaking number of anglers entered in the 2010 Spring Mack Days had to endure rain, snow, sleet and wind last weekend. The 1,037 anglers have turned in 13,577 trout through five weekend. The second-highest total through five weekends.  Pablo teenager Stephen Naethe leads all anglers wit...

Tipping off wardens, biologists key to capturing mountain lions

POLSON — With several mountain lion sightings around Polson this spring, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Wildlife Biologists and Fish and Game Departments said they take every call about a mountain lion sighting seriously.  CSKT Wildlife Biologist Stacy Courville and Pablo “Ch...

Winds slow down Mack Days anglers

Nearly 12,000 lake trout have been entered through four weekends of the 11-week 2010 Spring Mack Days. Pablo’s Stephen Naethe, 17, has caught 530 of those mackinaw and leads all anglers. Naethe has also caught the largest of the entries, pulling in a monster weighing just more than 30 pounds. Col...

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