Tournaments will be held at the scheduled start date, time and location on this website and are scheduled to run 3.5 hours. Weigh-in time may be affected by sunset times and therefore will be announced at the ramp prior to take-off. It is the responsibility of the director to announce the weigh-in time prior to take off, however it is the responsibility of the angler to know the weigh-in time. If the angler misses the announcement, they should ask the director prior to take-off or on the water during competition.
There is a $40.00 yearly membership fee per angler (not team) to participate. This fee covers your membership for WMB and the membership Bassmaster Team Trail. All members 18 years and older must read and sign liability waiver before participating in any WMB tournament. A signed waiver is considered valid for one tournament season.
The membership fee is waived for participants 15 years of age or younger. These participants must be accompanied by a chaperone who is 18 years of age or older. Minors fishing with non-related or non-legal guardian partners as chaperones must also have a signed permission slip from a parent or legal guardian expressly permitting the activity. Donating sponsors and directors are also exempt from this fee, but must however pay all entry fees in full at every event.
The entry fee for Weeknight events is $40.00 per boat includes a $5.00 entry for the nightly big bass pot. $5.00 from each entry will be held from the payback and kept for the year end classic tournament.
There is no boat limit. Commitment to participate will be decided upon by the angler by paying the entry and membership fees. In many cases, events are held at boat ramps with parking for a maximum of 15 trailers. Parking tickets or other infractions because of limited space or creative parking are the responsibility of the angler. Anglers should plan to arrive as early as possible to ensure a parking space.
The winner of the tournament is determined by the weight of the 5 bass or less. Only largemouth or smallmouth bass can be weighted. In the event of a tie, big bass weight will be used to determine the winning team.
Tournament participates are only allowed to use artificial baits to catch bass during the tournament
The Great Lakes are off limits on any body of water that is connected to the Great Lakes. You may not go past the end of the pier heads.
The resolution of protests will be handled by the director(s) at the time of the protest is presented. All protests must be presented within 10 minutes of the scales closing.
West Michigan Bass recommends the use of USGC approved life vest and kill switch lanyards at any time when using the outboard engine.
Boat and Boat Operation
It is the boat owner’s responsibility to comply with all state and local regulations and have the watercraft quipped properly with safety equipment.
It is the boat operator’s responsibility to know and understand any and all boating laws, no wake restrictions, high speed boating restrictions, lake speed limits or other similar rules or restrictions.
All state and local laws must be followed. Sportsmanship and courtesy will be shown by all teams entered towards fellow tournament anglers as well as any local fishermen, other boaters or property owners. Failure to comply can result in disqualification at the discretion of the Director(s). Disqualification will include forfeit of entry fees.
Late To Weigh-in:
Fish Care / Dead Fish
Points & Scoring
Points can be accumulated as follows (per team, per event):
Points per Boat One point per boat will be given based on the number of boats (Number of Boats - (Place + 1) = Points) for example with 11 boats, 1st place receives 11 pts, 2nd 10pts, 3rd 9pts and so on. Zero fish ties and/or last place will be awarded 0 additional points.
Team of Year
We are no longer paying a per division team of year prize. Team of the year will be determined by a fish off between the top points getters from each division. The fish off will take place during the classic and the top finishing team will be presented an award.
Yearly Big Bass
We are no longer paying a yearly big bass prize.
Year End Classic & Eligibility
The classic entry fee will be free to those teams that qualify through a division point’s race. Teams that have fished 10 of 12 Weeknight tournaments may participate in the WMB Classic for an entry fee of $100.00. The Classic payouts may include any paid entries topped with the money kept from each tournament, sponsor donated cash or prizes and trophies/awards.
The top ~30% of each division will be eligible or up to 10 boats per division. In the result of less than 10 boats total committed to the classic, remaining spots will be filled from all divisions in order of highest points. Launch order will be determined by point standing.
Please note, Classic qualifying team pairing rules have been updated for 2016.
Points per team are calculated as the sum of:
West Michigan Bass directors are volunteers and will be allowed to fish the tournament(s) they run at no cost providing there is at least 5 boats present not including the director’s boat.