Organizers for bass tournaments in Michigan now can use an online system to schedule their events at state-managed access sites and to report catch results.
According to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Michigan Fishing Tournament Information System will help minimize scheduling conflicts, as directors can view dates for other competitions on specific waterbodies.
In addition to alleviating scheduling concerns, this application will make it easier for directors to share catch data with DNR.
“Fisheries Division encourages bass tournament directors to enter their scheduled tournaments into this system as well as voluntarily contribute their tournament catch results to help us manage Michigan’s bass fisheries,” the agency said.
“The scientific value of tournament catch and effort data will be greater if more tournament directors participate in reporting their bass tournament results. This information will be used by state fisheries biologists, in combination with data from other sources, as a basis for informed fisheries management decisions.”
While organizers must set up an account to schedule events, the general public will be free to check tournament calendars at their favorite access sites.
But the public won’t be able to view catch results, nor will organizers be able to view data other than their own.