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Lake Mille Lacs
Fishing Lake Mille Lacs in Northern Minnesota
   
Lake Mille Lacs Fishing
 
 
 

 

 

Lake Mille Lacs Fishing

One of the top fishing lakes in Minnesota specializing in Walleye, Northern Pike, Muskie, Rock Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and Bluegill.  Lake Mille Lacs is the second largest lake in Minnesota and is surrounded by 100 miles of rock, gravel and sandy shoreline, and boasts no thermocline. The northern half contains most of the lake's mud flats and the southern half of the lake has more gravel and rock bars. All sides of Lake Mille Lacs offer some shallow reef-top fishing. Deep-water angling takes place on the southern deep gravel and rocks as well as on dozens of mud flats in the north half of the lake. Shoreline break fishing on varied bottom types occurs all around the lake. The weed line is at nine to ten feet. Lake Mille Lacs is a natural Walleye lake with miles of prime spawning shoals and reefs. Abundant forage, especially young perch and protein-rich tulibee, account for excellent growth rates of all gamefish. Lake Mille Lacs has a maximum depth of 43 feet, while much of the main lake falls into the 20 to 38 foot depths.

 

Lake Mille Lacs Walleyes can be caught day or night, shallow or deep, and almost anywhere throughout the lake. In May and early June, try the sandy shore breaks, rocky points, and shallow reefs. Summer Walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs is most often linked to offshore structure like the mud flats in the north half of the lake, and the deep gravel and rock bars to the south.

 

South shore bays with large beds of protruding reeds and submerged weedbeds attract Northern Pike on Lake Mille Lacs. So do areas of cabbage weeds in other parts of the lake. Trollers may hook pike just about anywhere in 8-12 feet of water. July-September is typically the best time for big Northern Pike on Lake Mille Lacs.

 

Muskie inhabit not only the weedy areas of bays, but also lurk in submerged cabbage weeds scattered around the lake's shoreline. Muskies also show up on sandy and gravel shoreline stretches far from any cover. Rock reefs, especially in the fall, produce their share of Muskies. Thanks to a rich tullibee forage base, Muskies are fast-growing and chunky.

 

Smallmouth Bass in Lake Mille Lacs relate to rock structure and rocky shoreline areas around the lake. Mid and late summer frequently find Smallmouth Bass and Walleye on the same shallow rock reef and it is common to catch both species on the same anchor set.

Location:  Garrison, Minnesota

Lake Size:  132,518 Acres


Mille Lacs Lake Boat Ramps

West shore off U.S. Hwy. 169

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Southwest shore off Hwy. 169 in Shah-bush-kung Bay

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Southeast shore off State Hwy. 47

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Southeast corner off State Hwy. 27 in Cove Bay

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Father Hennepin Park off County Rd. 34

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State Hwy. 27 and Father Hennepin Park Rd.

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Southeast shore off State Hwy. 47

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Lake Mille Lacs Map

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