Muskie fish were stocked in Lake Mille Lacs by the Minnesota Department of Fisheries in the 1970s and it has become a true success story. Today, muskies abound and their size is astounding. Many anglers believe the next state record muskie will be caught here.
Even though it’s not a natural muskie lake, they seem to like the expanse of Lake Mille Lacs’ 132,500 acres. It provides the right habitat and room to grow record muskies.
One recent catch, a 57-inch muskie weighing more than 50 pounds, was caught on a fly rod. Imagine that! The same month, a 55-inch muskie with a 30-inch girth, estimated at 60 pounds, was caught. “The Queen of Mille Lacs” or “Queen,” as we call it, was released rather than kept to certify her record muskie size. Queen is still out there for the next lucky fisherman to enjoy the catch of a lifetime.