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Mack Days fishing tournament begins

POLSON — Lake trout were illegally introduced to Flathead Lake in the 1920s. While it remains unclear as to who put them into the lake, it is clear they were brought from the Great Lakes region via the trans continental railroad.  “It’s called ‘bucket biology,’” sa...

Lake level to be lowered in October

Representatives from PPL Montana, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Indian Affairs conferred Sept. 12 regarding current and projected operation of the Kerr Project. The current outflow is about 3,900 cubic feet per second, and the lake elevation, ...

Swimmer hit, killed by boat

POLSON — A man in town for a relative’s funeral was struck and killed by a power boat while swimming in Skidoo Bay, northeast of Polson, at about 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. John G. Darrah, 45, Cambridge, Mass., was swimming approximately 300 feet from shore, according to witnesses, when the...

Eleven-year-old girl saves father’s life Eleven-year-old girl saves father’s life

POLSON — Shawn Blixt lost consciousness in Flathead Lake Aug. 3.  He’d stopped breathing, was unresponsive, and according to his 11-year-old daughter Kyla, “he was a deeper purple than I’d ever seen.” According to Shawn, he’d just picked up his daughter and her ...

Strong winds wreak havoc with fire, power outage and damaged boats Strong winds wreak havoc with fire, power outage and damaged boats

MISSION VALLEY — A strong storm system tore through the Valley late last Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, Aug. 15. The high winds caused a power outage, two boats to sink in Flathead Lake, several search and rescue calls and caused the West Garcon fire to double in size within a matter of hour...

Flathead Lakers meet at Yellow Bay Flathead Lakers meet at Yellow Bay

YELLOW BAY — Gael Bissell, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist, presented the keynote address at the Flathead Lakers’ annual meeting July 26 at the Flathead Lake Biological Station at Yellow Bay. Describing Flathead Lake as “a worldwide treasure,” Bissell talked about the 50...

Year of the dragon Year of the dragon

Flessie has some competition. The renowned Flathead Lake Monster might want to steer clear of Bigfork’s Flathead Lake Lodge come September, because these waters will be teeming with dragons — dragon boats, that is.  For the first time, more than 1,000 paddlers will converge at the lakesid...

Deep waters hide lake trout

Fishermen, On June 8, I spent the afternoon with two other fishermen on Flathead searching for some deep-water lake trout. Recent reports of folks doing well in Skidoo Bay took us there for several hours, with limited success fishing in depths from 220 to 290 feet. Though the fishing was picking up as the...

Fisheries need protection, not meddling

This letter was mailed to Tom McDonald, manager of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation Program, for the comment period on gill-netting. Please take the time and send your views. We are the stewards of our lake quality and fisheries for future generat...

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