LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bass and walleye fishing tournaments in Michigan, and competitive fishing events targeting muskellunge, have to register with the state starting Jan. 1.

 

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Michigan’s Natural Resources department says the events must register in the state’s Fishing Tournament Information System . Results also must be reported.

 

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Statewide registration and reporting requirements for bass fishing tournaments have been in place since 2016. More than 2,000 bass tournament registrations and reports have been received.

 

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DNR tournament fishing specialist Tom Goniea says the requirements are important to “gaining a better understanding of what competitive walleye and muskellunge fishing means to angling, conservation and Michigan’s economy.”

 

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