The Ego Fishing Open

July 8th, 2023 on Missaukee Lake



Top Bass Tournament Trail held its fifth tournament of the 2023 season on Missaukee Lake on July 8th, 2023. The tournament went out of the Missaukee Park ramp, on west side of the lake.

This tournament was named “The EGO Fishing Open”, after one of our great sponsors.  EGO makes quality landing nets, and many other great products that you can check out online.

The weather for the tournament was “WET”, as it rained off and on, almost the entire tournament, up to an hour before weigh-in.  The temp was mostly in the middle 60’s until about weigh-in then 75+.

Even with the wet weather, the fishing was very good.  We had 38 limits come to the scales, with 25 bass over the 3 pound mark.

Congratulations to Tom Shoemaker Jr., from Pinconning, who took the 1st Place Win, with 16.70#.  Tom’s limit was anchored by Big Bass for the tournament at 5.08#.  This was Tom’s 2nd win in the last 3 tournaments, both contained Big Bass for the events.

Second Place saw Ron Conner, from Oxford put a nice limit of 15.25# on the scales.

Billy Booth, from Midland,  held down 3rd Place, with 14.85#. Close behind Billy, was Michael Sielinski, from Gladwin, in 4th Place, with 14.60#.  Fifth Place went to Brian Anderson, from Linwood with 13.41#

A special Thank You, to EGO Fishing, for being the title sponsor of this event.


Top 30 only

1. Tom Shoemaker Jr. Pinconning   16.70#

2. Ron Conner, Oxford                    15.25#

3. Billy Booth, Midland                   14.88#

4. Michael Sielinski, Gladwin         14.60#

5. Brian Anderson, Linwood           13.41#

6. Jeff Plutt, Houghton Lake           13.34#

7. Bill McQuarrie, Newaygo           13.00#

8. Keith Gyulveszi, Clare                12.98#

9. Randy Yochum, Alpena               12.82#

10. Kevin Vida, Clare                      12.60#

11. John Franko, Clare                     12.46#

12. Elmer Daniels, Jackson             11.98$

13. Bill Hurley, Waterford               11.89#

14. Kyle Kigar, Gladwin                  11.88#

15. Jim Clevinger, Beaverton          11.81#

16. Brent Clark, Sanford                  11.79#

17. Jordan Dopp, Sanford                11.37#

18. Travis Vida, Clare                      11.22#

19. Ryan Minzey, Falmouth            11.18#

20. Jacob Jackson, Houghton Lk     11.22#

21. Ken Vincent, Zeeland                11.05#

22. Mike Winnie, Gaines                 11.03#

23. Brandt Wisniewski, Bay City    11.02#

24. Trevor Bowland, Sanford          10.98#

25. Zack Wiggers, Muskegon          10.85#

26. Andy Maier, Midland                 10.76#

27. Travis Green, Grand Blanc        10.64#

28. Tom Shoemaker Sr Pinconning 10.36#

29. Mark Reinke, Gladwin               9.97#

30. Mike Parsons, Clare                   9.96#

2023 Angler Of The Year Race – after 5 tournaments

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


1.  Billy Booth, Midland                      72.16#

2.  Jeff Plutt, Houghton Lake             66.76#

3.  Tom Shoemaker Jr. Pinnconing    66.32#

4.  John Franko, Clare         64.81#


July 22, 2023         The Hummingbird/Minn Kota Open- Houghton Lake West End DNR Launch

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)


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