Since Jan 1., 2016, bass tournaments in Michigan must be registered and results reported.
The order to register all bass tournaments in the state (Fisheries Order 215.15A) was issued by the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) in October 2015. In the order, all bass tournaments held in 2016 and moving forward are required to be registered online using the MFTIS. This requirement includes all access sites, including both DNR and non-DNR boat launches.
Just 284 tournaments were voluntarily registered in 2015. In 2016, more than 1,170 tournaments have been registered to date.
The DNR and the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget has been working on a complete overhaul of the MFTIS system for the past six months in order to meet the requirements of Fisheries Order 215.
“This is an important step in implementing the NRC order and gaining a better understanding of what tournament fishing means to angling, fisheries conservation and Michigan’s economy,” said Thomas Goniea, a fisheries biologist and the DNR’s fishing tournament liaison. “We worked with several tournament directors as well as the conservation director for the Michigan chapter of B.A.S.S. Nation to make significant program improvements to meet the increased volume of directors who will now be registering their tournaments and reporting results.”