Tresenriter Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake St. Clair

Tresenriter Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake St. Clair Lance Tresenriter won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on Lake St. Clair

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Aug. 7, 2017) – Lance Tresenriter of Syracuse, Indiana, caught five bass weighing 23 pounds, 6 ounces, Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on Lake St. Clair. For his efforts, Tresenriter took home $5,505.


“I spent the majority of the day mid-lake in 16 to 18 feet of water,” said Tresenriter, who notched his first career-victory in FLW competition. “I probably drifted through a half-mile stretch five or six times. The stretch had a lot of grass and perch. If there was a bare spot, there weren’t any bites. The perch were key for me, though.”


Tresenriter said he used a Smoke Purple-colored LureCraft Original “D” Darter on a drop-shot rig, and a Yellow Perch-colored Rapala DT10 Crankbait to catch approximately 10 keepers at his first area.


“I eventually moved to the northern end of the lake to a stop in Anchor Bay,” said Tresenriter. “Again, there was a lot of grass, but not as many perch as far as I could tell. I used a Perch-colored (Rapala) DT6 Crankbait and made two good culls to finish out the day.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Lance Tresenriter, Syracuse, Ind., five bass, 23-6, $3,505 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         John Devries, Fishers, Ind., five bass, 22-14, $1,753

               3rd:          Jeffrey Kindy, Wyandotte, Mich., five bass, 22-2, $993

               3rd:          Rob Campbell, Trafalgar, Ind., five bass, 22-2, $1,193

               5th:          Matthew Malmquist, White Lake, Mich., five bass, 21-13, $772

               5th:          Kyle Greene, Ortonville, Mich., five bass, 21-13, $772

               7th:          Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., five bass, 21-8, $584

               8th:          Dan Mittlestat, Woodhaven, Mich., five bass, 20-14, $526

               9th:          Jerry Arnett, Mexico, Ind., five bass, 20-11, $467

               10th:        Terry McWilliams, Greenfield, Ind., five bass, 20-3, $409


Jonathon Dewey of Port Huron, Michigan, caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $440. Justin Sawyer of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, caught five bass weighing 20 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $1,973.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Justin Sawyer, Dearborn Heights, Mich., five bass, 20-11, $1,973

               2nd:         Alex Newman, Wapakoneta, Ohio, five bass, 20-7, $876

               3rd:          Vickie Maisch-Rumer, Lima, Ohio, five bass, 19-15, $685

               4th:          Mike Raber, Wolcottville, Ind., five bass, 19-7, $409

               5th:          Curtis Hall II, Battle Creek, Mich., five bass, 18-8, $336

               5th:          Eric Polenz, Maybee, Mich., five bass, 18-8, $386

               7th:          J.J. Smith, Avon Lake, Ohio, five bass, 18-3, $292

               8th:          Olivia Sheely, Brooklyn, Mich., five bass, 18-2, $263

               9th:          Dewayne Eck, Angola, Ind., five bass, 18-0, $234

               10th:        Mark Saunders, Medina, Ohio, five bass, 17-12, $204

Sawyer also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 5 pounds, 6 ounces – and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $220.

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