The Masters Walleye Circuit has returned to the waters of the Bays de Noc this week to crown the group's Central Division champion.
This professional walleye angler group is no stranger to the area. The MWC has made the Bays de Noc a stop for many years.
These anglers know the Bays de Noc holds one of the most exceptional walleye fisheries in the world. Professional anglers from the MWC and other tournament groups have competed here time after time over the years and have never been disappointed.
There have been several professional fishing tournaments each year in the Bays de Noc. Just a few weeks ago, the BASS fishing tournament spent several days fishing local waters. That group, too, left the area impressed by the local bass fishery.
Another reason these groups keep returning to Delta County are the friendly people and wide support they receive from local businesses and groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Although the support these tournaments receive is not likely to diminish or end, the Bays de Noc fishery does face a serious threat - one that could jeopardize the days of both recreational and tournament fish here.
For months, Michigan officials have been battling with Illinois and the federal government over the potential of Asian carp entering Lake Michigan. An invasive species, Asian carp have a voracious appetite and could literally wipe out the food supply of native game fish like walleye and bass. The fish are currently in the Illinois River and poised to make the leap into Lake Michigan.
Efforts are being made to combat the carp, but more needs to be done.
John Goss, an environmental activist and former state official from Indiana, was appointed Wednesday as the Obama administration's point man in the fight to prevent Asian carp from gaining a foothold in the Great Lakes. Goss will oversee efforts by federal, state and local agencies.
Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania have also filed a federal lawsuit seeking to shut down the locks and permanently sever the link between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds.
Resident have to make their voices heard so that the battle against this destructive fish is at the forefront of lawmaker's efforts. Write your elected officials and tell them how important it is to the area that the Asian carp be stopped.
The stakes are too high to remain silent.