Highlights of Michigan Fishing Tournament Information System (MFTIS)
In 2016, Fisheries Division released an updated version of the Michigan Fishing Tournament Information System for registering and reporting fishing tournaments/results. The system was reinitiated in the wake of the Natural Resource Commission's requirement for all bass tournaments to register and report their results beginning in 2016. Here are some of the highlights of the new FTIS:
- Tournaments can be registered up to 365 days in advance from today's date. Directors can register a tournament at any time 365 days in advance of the desired date. For example, on May 1, 2016 tournaments can be registered through May 1, 2017. On July 4, 2016 registration extends through July 4, 2017.
- More than one (1) tournament can be scheduled at the same launch and time. Michigan is blessed with a wide variety of access sites. Some can easily accommodate multiple tournaments, others not so much. Tournament director discretion, cooperation and coordination are expected if this new function is to work.
- Director-to-Director Contact. Tournament directors will be able to see the contact information of other directors that have registered with the MFTIS. The DNR is hopeful when two directors are interested in holding competing tournaments at the same location and time, they will contact each other and coordinate a smooth sharing of the launch facilities.
- Ability to request additional access sites. When signed in to the MFTIS, directors will be able to request new waterbodies or access sites be added to the system for registering tournaments at. Already in 2016, hundreds of additional sites (mostly non-DNR administered locations) have been added. With this new feature many of the locations directors are interested in fishing from will be added shortly.
- Going Mobile. The new site is compatible with mobile smart phones, tablets and other devices you take with you in the field. Everything that can be done on a home computer in the MFTIS can be done on these mobile devices, with one exception. Requesting that a new access site be added to the MFTIS (number 4 above) has to be done on a traditional personal computer.
- Reporting results. Reporting the results of your tournament is easier than ever and can be done in the field during your tournament by using the mobile app. Under your "My Tournaments" list, on the date of your scheduled tournament a "Report Results" link will show up in red that you can submit your results through.
These are just a few of the improvements that have been made. Take some time and check out the new site. Be sure to explore the map function. It can be a useful tool for finding a lake, access site or previously scheduled tournament.
Tom Goniea - Senior Fish Biologist & Fishing Tournament Liaison