Angler Catches More than 2,000 Invasive Trout in 25 Days to Win Tournament

Over a 25-day stretch in April and May, Montana angler Kolton Turner hauled in a staggering 2,089 lake trout to win the 2023 Spring Mack Days fishing tournament on Flathead Lake, an hour and a half north of Missoula, Montana. In total, contestants landed $225,000 in cash and prizes while removing a total of 33,297 invasive lakers from the fishery.

The spring event, coordinated by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), was the 43rd biannual running of the tournament, which started in 2002. Over 200 anglers braved spring snow, wind, and rain to participate between March 16 and May 13.

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