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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 fishing with her husband and son Sunday. Peters’ trophy catch took nearly 45 minutes to bring in and was longer than the Montana record caught by Ruth Barber in 2004. Barber’s catch measured 42.5 inches, but weighed 42.6 pounds. Peters’ catch, which she released after it was measured, was the largest fish caught through the ninth weekend of the 11-weekend event. Peters&r...


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...


Naethe leads 3 categories in Mack Days

As if leading the top angler and youth angler wasn’t enough, a Pablo teenager now leads the large fish category too. Stephen Naethe, a two-time Mack Days’ winner, caught a 41.75-inch, 30.4-pound lake trout Sunday to move ahead of Bill Brovold’s 25.8-pound fish caught last week.  ...


Biologist touts benefits of wildlife crossings

RONAN — A public hazard is not the first thing to come to mind when spotting road kill along the highway — but it was an issue prioritized by the SKC Wildlife Management and the Montana Department of Transportation when they designed 35 animal crossings along U.S. Highway 93.  “If y...


Pair of Mack Days anglers have monster weekend

Two lucky anglers will have plenty to talk about this week. Bill Brovold and Joe Ferenbach, two of the 860 anglers entered in the 2010 Spring Mack Days, hooked and landed leviathans this past weekend that will be the subject of fish stories for years to come. Brovold, an Alberton fisherman, was taking ...


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