Department of Natural Resources
Question 5: What should you do if you question the legitimacy of a bass fishing tournament that has been registered with the information system (i.e. you suspect that a fake tournament has been registered at a launch site in order to discourage other tournaments from using it)?
Penalties associated with violating Fisheries Orders are contained in Part 487 of Public Act 451 of 1994 as amended. Specifically, Michigan Common Law 324.48738(1) states that a person who violates this part or rules or orders issued to implement this part, if a penalty is not otherwise provided for that violation in this section, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both.
Additionally, violation of fisheries orders may result in forfeiture of licensing privileges.
This order has the rule of law and is to be enforced as such.
DNR Law Enforcement Division enforces all natural resource laws. DNR Fisheries Division is administering the registration systems and the collection, compiling, and reporting of the tournament data received.
Law enforcement officers are to be enforcing this regulation like they do all natural resource regulations when they encounter or are informed of a violation in the field.
Anglers and the public are encouraged to report suspected unregistered bass tournaments or other illegal fishing activities to the Report All Poaching Hotline (1-800-292-7800).
This is a hypothetical situation that has not been encountered as an actual problem yet. However, tournament directors are encouraged to please email any suspicious tournament registrations that you see in the system to the Fishing Tournament Information System’s email box. If this in fact shown to be a problem or if data is not being turned in at the end of the year and it is suspected to be because tournaments were not in fact held at the registered location, it will be taken to the NRC to be discussed and addressed in the law.