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Title: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: djkimmel on December 09, 2015, 11:46:31 AM
If you want updates straight from the MDNR Fisheries Division on the updates to the now 2016 required Michigan Fishing Tournament Information System (MFTIS) status please send your email, phone number, name and circuit(s) to me at tournaments 'at' greatlakesbass.com.

That will give me permission to share your contact information with the MDNR policy person and bass tournament liaison so they can notify you of the status directly.

ALL bass tournaments are required to put their tournaments on the MFTIS for 2016. It won't be ready until sometime after January 1, 2016 because of the changes they are making in it.


The tournament permit system is still in existence though we are talking about doing away with it if Parks and Law Enforcement Divisions agree to it since there are only 39 lakes on the list and the MFTIS could also be used as a notice to everyone of an upcoming event.

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH ANY TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS YOU KNOW SO WE CAN TRY TO GET ALL OF THEM ACROSS MICHIGAN AND NEARBY STATES WHO COME HERE AWARE OF THIS NEW REQUIREMENT. THANKS.
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: dartag on December 09, 2015, 01:38:51 PM
I have registered and have a user ID.  Like you said you can't begin entering tournaments until Jan 1.   I will be running a CFB Tuesday Morning Solo series in the Oakland County area.  It will be Tuesday mornings from 8am-1pm.   More info to follow.
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: djkimmel on December 12, 2015, 05:29:20 PM
Did you give them an email address and phone number? I'm assuming yes.

The request we made for the future was to be able to enter tournaments in a rolling 12 month period rather than January - just an FYI. I hope that is one of the changes they make.
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: Kal-Kevin on January 05, 2016, 09:52:17 PM
okay my question is what if some one does not register and has a tournament anyways, is there any fine for not registering it? I know guys that run tournaments and will not take the time to do it!
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: dartag on January 06, 2016, 06:15:22 AM
okay my question is what if some one does not register and has a tournament anyways, is there any fine for not registering it? I know guys that run tournaments and will not take the time to do it!

Good question

I entered all my events earlier this week.   I read through everything and didn't see this topic covered. 
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: djkimmel on January 11, 2016, 04:47:00 PM
It is required by regulation. That makes it enforceable but they do not intend to start enforcing it immediately. There was talk in the past of telling tournament directors who don't register and get caught that they cannot hold anymore tournaments the following year so that is a possibility if there are major problems with compliance.

Since the results could possibly be used to demonstrate how good our bass populations are, and maybe that bass tournaments don't harm the bass populations it will be worthwhile for tournament directors to enter their tournaments AND follow up by entering their results.

Enter your tournaments now because they will be copied over to the new Michigan Fishing Tournament Information System when they goes live in probably mid-March with new and much-improved features for entering results.
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: djkimmel on January 13, 2016, 07:32:24 PM
If you have boat ramps that you don't find in the MFTIS today (check again because more have been added) still please email them to me at tournaments@greatlakesbass.com to help get them added to the system. You can also contact Tom Goniea - our bass tournament liaison in the MDNR Fisheries Division to talk to him about the system, boat ramps, etc. His number is 517-284-5825.
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: dartag on January 14, 2016, 06:33:43 AM
Guess I will give Tom a call this morning.  I have a CFB scheduled on Kent Lake.  I registered with the park and have the day reserved. 
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: dartag on January 14, 2016, 09:53:32 AM
Had a great conversation with Tom.  Figured it would go OK when he didn't hang up when I mentioned your name.  The short version is if you have an event on a lake that is not on the list call him and he will let you know what to send him.
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: MichiganBass80 on March 07, 2016, 07:49:53 PM
So I am having a discussion about wanting to start a Bass club.  The question of registering tournaments and permits has come up. I know you have to register your tournament, but are there any fees for permits that you need to have/get?  Are there fees when registering you tournament on the DNR website? Basically what are the costs for having a tournament, is there a permit you need to get/pay for a specific lake?
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: dartag on March 08, 2016, 11:32:30 AM
No fees to sign up.  Just have to get a user id and password.  Register your lake, date and times.  There will be another page to register results after the event.  Not hard to use.  If you have any other questions call Tom Goniea at 517-284-5825..   He seems like a great guy and answered my questions when I entered my series of tournaments.
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: stackenem on March 08, 2016, 03:53:23 PM
Is this something we can look at to see who is having tournaments or is it just to register them? It would be nice if they had a page for anyone that wanted to see who is fishing where and when and if it is an open or not.
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: TheFishinPollock on March 08, 2016, 05:13:27 PM
Theres one here for the kalkaska sherriff that died last yere on skeg on june 9th bill. Ya can sign up on the kalkaska sherriff's web page
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: stackenem on March 09, 2016, 07:30:39 AM
June 9th is a Thursday I won't be up till the 11th. Staying a week again.
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: djkimmel on March 09, 2016, 06:57:18 PM
You can search for bass tournaments by county and by lake. You can search on a map too to find tournaments. Anyone can find tournaments and information about them.

Actual tournament results reported back are private though the MDNR may release summary results later.
Title: Re: Attention Michigan Bass Tournament Directors
Post by: TheFishinPollock on March 09, 2016, 10:50:47 PM
I ment July 9th Bill. I had a moment......