MFTIS: The Rights of Registered Tournaments

Question 1: By registering a tournament, does the tournament director have all rights on that date to tournaments on that lake?

Question 2: Is there going to be a preference for residents when it comes to registering a tournament?

Question 3: If a tournament is registered at a launch and there is no parking due to swimmers, other anglers, recreational boats, etc., does the tournament director or do anglers have the right to clear the lot?


Question 1: By registering a tournament, does the tournament director have all rights on that date to tournaments on that lake?

No. This is not a reservation system! Tournaments are required to be registered but being registered does not guarantee the launch. Access to the launch is first come, first serve. 

Question 2: Is there going to be a preference for residents when it comes to registering a tournament.

No. Resident and non-residents both pay for fishing licenses and equal access to Michigan’s resources. All registrations will be on a first come, first serve basis all will be allowed equal use of state owned public access sites.

Question 3: If a tournament is registered at a launch and there is no parking due to swimmers, other fisherman, recreational boats, etc., does the tournament director or anglers have the right to clear the lot?

No. This is not a reservation system! Tournaments are required to be registered but being registered does not guarantee the launch. Access to the launch is first come, first serve.