Houghton Lake Tournament Next Up for Michigan Region of the
GNWC By Steve Weisman GNWC Publicity Director The Houghton Lake
Tournament, the second stop for teams fishing the Michigan Region
of the Grand National Walleye Cup (GNWC), is scheduled for Sunday,
May 15. Houghton Lake is almost 21,000 acres in size and is
Michigan's largest inland body of water. It has a sandy/silty
bottom and averages slightly over eight feet in depth, but does
have some spots that reach a depth of about 20 feet. "We had
a great start at Detroit River a month ago, and I know the teams
are looking forward to this tournament. Houghton Lake has an
excellent walleye population," said GNWC Executive Director
Bernie Barringer. Lyman Foster, owner of Lyman's on the Lake
baitshop, agreed. "This will be a premier time of the year to
fish Houghton Lake. I think the fish will still be predominately
in the shallows - in that six to eight feet of water." According
to Foster, Houghton Lake has really been developing as a fishing
lake following a milfoil eradication three years ago. "The natural
weeds are coming back now. The average walleyes taken will now
probably be in the 1 1/2 to 2 pound range." The tournament director
will have the trailer at the South Ramp from 6-8 p.m. the evening
before the tournament to take late entries and answer questions.
Take-off is at 7 a.m. with the weigh-in commencing at 3 p.m.
sharp at the South Ramp. "The weigh-ins are always a lot of
fun for people to attend. I encourage folks to come out early.
It's free to the public, fun and educational. We will also have
a couple of Aqua-Vu underwater cameras set up in our release
tanks so that the public can see how they work. There are excellent
teams fishing the Michigan Region, so this will be a great time
for folks to learn what presentations and tactics ware working
to trigger the fish," added Barringer. For those interested
in entering, the entry fee remains at $210 per team for each
tournament. Openings do still exist for the Houghton Lake qualifier,
and Barringer encourages interested anglers to contact him at
1-800-890-FISH (3474), or email the GNWC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I also encourage people to check out our website at www.walleyecup.com.
The website provides all kinds of up to date information on
what is happening in all seven regions," added Barringer. Major
national sponsors for the GNWC include Skeeter Boats, Yamaha
Outboards, Lowrance Electronics, YoNet Folding Nets by AMFYOYO,
Aqua-VU, Aqua Innovations, Cabela's and UpNorthOutdoors.com.
National championship sponsors are Towtector Shield and the
VIB"E" Lure Company