Mille Lacs Lake is Minnesota’s second-largest lake and it covers 132,000 surface acres. Mille Lacs is a great lake for outdoor recreation, but it has been known for its outstanding walleye fishery over the years. There was a walleye collapse and they are hoping to be coming out of that now, however, there are plenty of restrictions on the lake as far as keeping walleye throughout the seasons. This has been a huge debate on the lake. Fortunately, the smallmouth bass fishing is off the charts good right now which is helping make up for the walleye issues.
The lake is a very fishable lake for first time visitors. The lake’s maximum depth is right around 40 feet, but there are dozens of shallower mud flats on the north end of the lake. The deep water fishing takes place on the southern deep gravel and rocks. There is an excellent amount of forage in the lake which helps support a fishery that includes walleye, northern pike, muskie, perch and smallmouth bass. Take a look at our Mille Lacs Lake Fishing Tips page for more fishing information.
See How It Ranks
|Mille Lacs Lake||Points||Points Possible|
|Ability to catch a lot of fish||1.75||2|
|Ability to catch trophy fish||1.75||2|
|Good for multiple species of fish||1||1|
|Guides & Charters available||1||1|
|Quality lodging options||1||1|
|Area businesses relating to boat storage, rentals, repair, etc.||1||1|
|Overly Crowded||0||Minus 1|
|Overly Expensive||0||Minus 1|
|Highest Score Possible||10|