-Spring Open (Michigan Center Chain) - Saturday, May 23rd
-Wamplers / Devils – TBA
-Kent Lake - Saturday, June 20th
-Lake St. Clair - Sunday, July 12th
-Lake Ovid – Sunday, July 26th
-Grand River – Sunday, August 9th
-Wixom – Saturday, August 22
-Sanford – Sunday, August 23rd
-Bawbeese – Sunday, September 13th
-Fall Open (Wamplers) - Saturday, September 20th
-Club Classic (TBD) - Sunday, September 27th
One of the best parts of being tournament director is setting the schedule each season. With a couple of new lakes on the schedule in 2015 it is even more interesting trying to tie everything together and make it feasible for everyone to be able to compete and do well and I think we’ve done that for this season. One thing that you’ll notice is the Devils/Wamplers combined weight tournament does not have a date associated with it as of yet. This will be our first regular club event and will take place in May but we are awaiting the DNR’s decision on the upcoming bass season. Word is they may extend the catch and keep season starting in late April so if that happens our first tourney will be in early May. Otherwise look for it to take place the weekend after the Spring Open which would be May 30/31th. This should be resolved by early March.
Some lakes fish good no matter when we schedule them like St. Clair and Wixom so those were placed in traditionally slower times of the year. The Grand River is in August as well but since it is a river system, it may fish a little better than our normal natural lakes. One other thing that is a little different is the Kent Lake event. Due to club feedback, many like fishing tourneys on Fathers Day but felt this interfered with family gatherings. Scheduling our event on Saturday still leaves the actual “Fathers Day” holiday open so I hope this will work out for all of our fathers.
As tourney director I try and put us on lakes where our fish catches will be maximized and I feel we’ve achieved that. The majority of our schedule takes place within an hours drive of Jackson and with gas prices low, we hope to have great participation in 2015. Remember the tourney rules and club constitution will be discussed at the February meeting and all are urged to attend. We will resume our normal meeting rotation on the first Thursday of the month at the Legion Hall on Lansing Ave in Jackson.