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Fishing on Lake Mille Lacs, MN
132,000 acres, 40 species of fish
As one of the largest lakes in Minnesota, Lake Mille Lacs is among the top fisheries in the state. Walleye. Bass. Muskie. Jumbo perch. You name it, Lake Mille Lacs has it — trophy style.
Voted “Best smallmouth bass fishing in Minnesota” by the Star Tribune, Lake Mille Lacs is quickly becoming a destination for bass fishermen around the country. But that’s not all. Lake Mille Lacs is also home to the “Best Fishing Launch” in Minnesota, as declared by WCCO-TV viewers. Learn more about our fishing launches, guided fishing trips, and boat/pontoon rentals.
Expert angler or not, there’s something for everyone on Lake Mille Lacs!
Walleye fishing capital of the North
Often called the “Walleye Capital,” Lake Mille Lacs is one of the best year-round walleye fishing lakes in Minnesota. Before you grab your fishing gear and head to the bait shop, be sure to check out our walleye fishing tips to find out where these lunkers might be hiding!
And remember, there’s more than walleye beneath the surface of Lake Mille Lacs. This renowned lake is home to 40 species of fish include small and largemouth bass, northern pike, perch and muskie.
World-class smallmouth bass fishing
Lake Mille Lacs is quickly becoming known as a world-class bass fishery, attracting bass anglers from all around the United States who are in search of a lunker ready and willing to put up a fight.
When you hook a smallmouth be prepared for spectacular leaps and determined dives unrivaled among freshwater fish. They put up a big fight and there’s nothing more exciting than a smallmouth exploding from the depths to strike a top water lure! Read our smallmouth bass fishing tips here!
Premier muskie fishing
Lake Mille Lacs is not a natural muskie lake — muskies were stocked by the Minnesota Department of Fisheries in the 1970s — and what has happened since is truly a success story. Muskies abound in the lake and the size of the fish is astounding. In fact, many anglers believe the next state record muskie will be caught on Lake Mille Lacs. See our muskie fishing tips here!
Find the best bait shops around that will hook you up (pun intended) with everything you need for the day, or even the weekend.
Not sure where the smallies are biting? Take a look at our Fishing Reports and keep up to date on all the excitement happening lake-wide.
No boat or no idea where to go? No problem! We have fishing guides waiting to show you the best fishing spots on Mille Lacs with the best lake views around.
Eat. Sleep. Fish.
No matter what you like to eat or where you like to sleep, chances are we have something suited for you. Fish, steak or pizza? You choose your dining preference. Resorts, hotels or campgrounds? You choose your lodging. Then back to those smallmouth bass you go!