The Hummingbird/Minn Kota Open

July 22nd, 2023 on Houghton Lake


Shoe’s Top Bass Tournament Trail, held its 6th tournament of the 2023 season, on Houghton Lake.  The tournament launched out of the west end DNR ramp. 

The tournament was named “The Humminbird & Minn Kota Open”, after one of our outstanding sponsors. 

The weather for this event was partly cloudy skies, with temps in the 80’s, and light winds. 

The fishing for this tournament was very tough, as we only had less than half the field able to come to the scales to weigh-in. 

Congratulations to Brian Anderson, from Linwood, who ran away with this event with a quality limit that topped the scales at 19.60#.  His limit was anchored by Big Bass for the event at 4.33#. 

Second Place was a very tight race, as Jeff Plutt from Houghton Lake, had a limit at 15.02# to take 2nd Place.  In Third Place, just .01#, behind Plutt, was Keith Gyulveszi from Clare with 15.01#.  Just back of both of them, was Travis Vida from Clare, with a limit that hit the scales at 14.94#, who was the 4th place finisher.  Just 1 tenth of a pound separated 5th  from 2nd place. 


We want to give a special “Thank You” to Johnson Outdoors’s – Humminbird & Minn Kota, for being the title sponsors of this tournament. 


2023 Angler Of The Year Race – after 6 tournaments

(Angler Of The Year is the person who weighs-in the most total weight for All 9 tournaments)


1. Jeff Plutt, Houghton Lake           81.78# 

2. John Franko, Clare                      79.72# 

3. Tom Shoemaker Jr., Pinconning  77.90#

4. Michael Sielinski, Gladwin          74.25#


August 5, 2023       The Gold Eagle Open - Lake St. HelenSt. Helen Ramp

August 19, 2023     The Dick's Sporting Goods Open - Saginaw River/Limited Bay Independence Bridge Launch – (By USS Edison Battleship)

Aug. 26-27, 2023    The Northwoods Wholesale Outlet  2 Day CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT- Saginaw River/Limited Bay Independence Bridge Launch – (By USS Edison Battleship).  To qualify – you MUST have paid for 2 of the one day  tournaments, to fish this event.  REMEMBER the entry for the 2 days - $140

  For More Information

Call Elmer Daniels (517) 962-2345 email: 

or Tom Shoemaker (989) 313-0700