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Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Report

MN (Aitkin, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs)

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Fall Styles

These are the styles that are relevant to your species in this season:

  • A-Rigging
  • Buzz Baiting
  • Carolina Rigging
  • Cast/Retrieve Deep
  • Cast/Retrieve Mid Depth
  • Cast/Retrieve Shallow
  • Chatterbaiting
  • Crankbaiting
  • Dropshot
  • Finesse Fishing
  • Froggin
  • Jerk Baiting
  • Livebait Rigging
  • Ned Rigging
  • Neko Rigging
  • Power Fishing
  • Power Jigging
  • Shaky Head Fishing
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Spybaiting
  • Texas Rigging
  • Top Water
  • Trolling Deep
  • Trolling Mid Depth
  • Trolling Shallow
  • Vertical Jigging Deep
  • Vertical Jigging Mid Depth
  • Vertical Jigging Shallow
  • Wacky Rigging

Lake Details


What you need to know about fishing Mille Lacs Lake

At approximately 100 miles directly north of Minneapolis and St Paul in Minnesota, Mille Lacs offers fantastic fishing opportunities for a number of fish species. Classically known as a trophy walleye fishery, a decline in walleye population began in the 1990s which the Minnesota DNR recently indicated coincided with changes in water clarity. And while only a correlation, not an explanation, walleyes thrive in cold water and low-light lakes and an increase in clarity may have reduced the habitat opportunities for walleyes over time. The recent introduction of zebra mussels has further clarified the water conditions and walleye populations have continued to remain lower that the glory years on Mille Lacs. Recently, bass fishing opportunities have received significant attention and even a 2017 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship out of Onamia, Minnesota. Lake Mille Lacs has specific fishing regulations that differ from statewide DNR regulations.


Mille Lacs Lake has been the center of a lot of buzz in the ice fishing world recently. Changing limits, slots, seasons, and bait restrictions have caused plenty of controversy for the world famous lake. Although Mille Lacs is known to be a big fish factory for all species, once anglers can access the lake via the ice the only species that matters is the walleyes. By using the endless amount of reefs and basins, anglers move periodically throughout the day until they find active fish. In low light periods, fish are normally found on the top or shallower ends of a reef. As the sun rises, these fish slide off the edges into the muddy basin where they roam looking for perch or minnows to eat. Fluttering spoons and rattling spoons are great options for early season fish, however once it becomes mid/late season fish become accustomed to seeing these baits and stop falling for them. This is where live bait comes in to the equation. Medium sucker minnows and shiners (if you can find them) under a bobber or rattle reel become the bait of choice.

Waterbody Type




Surface Area

518.67 sq. km

Avg. Depth

29 ft.

Species Present

Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Muskie, Panfish / Bluegill, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Burbot, Common Carp

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    Expert Picks


    Seth Feider’s Mille Lacs Spring Bassin' Essentials

    After a long dark winter, I’m ready to get out on Lake Mille Lacs as soon as the water opens. I start out by looking for shallow flats and relatively shallow humps on my sonar and I set up shop at the first break in 8-12’ of water.

    I always recommend a slow, steady retrieve when fishing baits on Mille Lacs in the Spring. Fish are still moving slowly waking up from the Winter so the slow, steady retrieve is key.

    These are my 10 favorite lures, baits, gear and tackle for hitting Mille Lacs once the ice clears! Hot tip: if you come and go from the Southwest, there’s a great McDonalds in Garrison, Minnesota where you can pick up a Big Mac on the way home and dream about the return of the McRib.

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    Bass Topwater

    I use these regularly on Mille Lacs, but also wherever smallmouth reside.

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    Mille Lacs Muskies

    Baits that I use regularly on Mille Lacs for Muskies.

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    Species: Muskie


    Mille Lacs Summer

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    Kent Mittelstaedt - Mille Lacs Spring

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    Mille Lacs Smallmouth Necessities

    This list is composed of the the things that I feel are essential for success on Mille Lacs. I never go on the water without these baits when targeting smallmouth.

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    Mille Lacs Smallmouth Bass

    My go to baits for anytime smallies on Mille Lacs

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