Department of Natural Resources
NOTE: One of the purposes of this site is to allow tournament director's to work amongst themselves any issues that arise. Therefore the director's email and phone number will be available to all other tournament director's when they are signed into the Fishing Tournament Information System. Directors are encouraged to contact each other to work out ramp access or other issues when wishing to hold a tournament/event at the same location, day and time.
Director's contact information will not be available to the general public.
Once you have signed into the Fishing Tournament Information System and your name appears in the upper right-hand corner of the grey bar at the top of the screen you are ready to add tournaments. You can add a tournament one of two ways:
1) You can hit the "Add Tournament" button and fill out the information that pops up;
2) Use the map function to zoom into the lake, river, or access site you are interested in. Click on the access site and then select add tournament.
Once the add tournament scene comes up you will be required to fill out information about your tournament. When finished hit the "save" button.
An access site can be known by different names, and therefore the name you are looking for may not always be found in the tournament information system's search function. If a director searches for and can't find an access site, it is recommended they navigate to the waterbody they are interested in with the online map function and look for access sites on the map. Many times this will produce an access sight name at the location he or she is looking for.
If a director has used the search and map functions and still cannot find the access site they are looking for or the lake they are interested in does not have an access site, then the director can request to have it added to the tournament information system.
The DNR has received an overwhelming number of inquiries from directors about Muskegon Lake's "Fisherman's Landing" access site not being in the Fishing Tournament Information System.
This launch is in the system, but it is recognized as "Giddings Street Ramp".
When signed into the Fishing Tournament Information System, under the "Register Tournament" link directors can select the "Add Tournament" feature. Next to the boating access site is a link that is titled "Request a New Site" that can be used to have a new lake or launch location added to the system. However before requesting a site be added, please exhaust all options of finding the site you are looking for in the system by:
1) Typing in the name of the lake and launch site as you know it.
2) Use the map feature to zoom into the lake's location you are interested in. Many access sites have multiple names. By using the map function you may find the launch site you are looking for under a different name.
If you have done the two searches above and still do not find the lake or access site you are looking for in the system please use the "Request a New site" option.
Once selected, take the following steps:
After submission, you will receive two emails to the email account you established as a tournament director. The first email will simply confirm that the waterbody you requested for addition to the Fishing Tournament Information System was received by the DNR. The second email you receive will notify you when your site has been added to the system and is available to register your tournament at.
Once a request has been, it can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week or longer for the site to be added or for someone from the DNR to get back to the requesting director.
NOTE: Requesting a waterbody or access site does not register your tournament. Once your site has been added to the system and you receive email notification of its addition, you must log onto the system and register your tournament.
Fishing tournaments/events can be registered one year in advance regardless of fishing date. Example: On June 16 a tournament could be booked for any date through June 16 of the next year.
Additionally, registrations can be made up to and including the day of the event. However, it is stressed that waiting to register until the last minute can result in congestion or problems at the ramp. It is strongly recommended that directors register their tournaments/events as early as possible.
The system does allow multiple tournaments to be booked at the same launch on the same day. The access sites in Michigan are as diverse as its lakes and rivers. Some access sites can accommodate many cars and boats and some have only a few parking spaces. Therefore some sites are more conducive to holding more than one tournament at a time. Tournament directors are strongly encouraged to take this into account when considering a lake they wish to conduct a tournament on. An email notifying the directors involved will be automatically sent any time two overlapping tournaments/events are registered at the same site, date and time. It will be up to the tournament directors to work out the details for sharing the launch when multiple tournaments are booked at the same launch.
Prior to the date that a tournament/event has been scheduled for, the registering director can go back into the system and edit the tournament/event information previously provided. The director can also delete a tournament that has been cancelled.
To edit or delete a scheduled tournament, the director must sign in. In his "my tournaments list", find the tournament of interest and click the "Edit/Delete" button to the right of the tournament's information.
To make edits, change any information as necessary and then hit "Save" at the bottom.
To delete the tournament, simply scroll to the bottom and hit the "Delete" button. You will then be prompted asking if you are sure you want to delete this tournament. If so, hit "OK." If not, hit "Cancel."
NOTE: Once the date of a scheduled tournament has passed directors are no longer able to edit or delete it and instead must enter the required results. Under the "report results" button there is an option to report the tournament/event was cancelled. Cancelling after the fact requires a reason to be provided (weather, low turnout, etc.).
If the boating access site details states that a ramp is closed, it is probably a DNR owned site. Sites are closed for a variety of reasons but it is likely to be closed for some sort of repair. Please contact the Fishing Tournament Liaison at 517-284-5825 for more information about a closed ramp site.
The law states that bass, walleye and muskellunge tournaments/events shall be registered online using the Fishing Tournament Information System. Directors will have to either:
In addition to a traditional desk or lap top computer, directors or their designees can also use a mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet to access the tournament information system.