Mille Lacs

All About Fishing on Lake Mille Lacs

Fishing is a staple on Lake Mille Lacs, and it isn’t hard to see why once you hit the waters and find out for yourself. With 137,516 square acres of surface area and a wide variety of underwater habitats, Mille Lacs is home to a plethora of exciting fish that anglers can’t wait to reel in every year. Let’s dive into a few facts about the lake and just why so many people have dubbed Mille Lacs their favorite fishing destination!

The Lake

Mille LacsMinnesota may be home to more than 10,000 lakes, but Lake Mille Lacs is the second largest lake in the state and a hot spot for incredible fishing opportunities. The more than 200 square mile lake is known for giving anglers a true “big lake” experience with different habitats and species of fish all in one place without rubbing elbows with other boats. From reef tops to deep water to mud flats, you can find it in Lake Mille Lacs. The northern portion of the lake near The Red Door Resort is home to much of the lake’s mudflat terrain. Head south for more gravel and rocky bottoms with some really nice deep-water sections along the way. You can also find plenty of shallow reef-top fishing spots all around the lake. Mille Lacs is also one of those lakes where you can stay out on the water all day and move to where the fish are while having multiple shoreside eateries dotting the coastline. Target a certain fish or explore different areas to see what you can pull in!

The Fish of Mille Lacs

Mille LacsWe all know that Lake Mille Lacs is known for its walleye. We even have a giant walleye statue to honor the state fish that we all know and love. But what else is in the water? In recent years, Lake Mille Lacs has also been recognized for its fantastic smallmouth bass fishing! Bassmaster released an article on the “100 Best Bass Lakes” in 2015, listing Lake Mille Lacs at #10. Mille Lacs has also been host to large smallmouth bass tournaments throughout the years with great success and featured in various articles/videos from organizations like Midwest Outdoors. So, you could say the bass fishing on Lake Mille Lacs is a pretty big deal. Along with walleye and smallmouth bass, you will find muskie, northern pike, tullibee, largemouth bass, and a variety of panfish like jumbo perch. In recent years, regulations have had a few changes made, so make sure you double check things like the walleye limit in Minnesota for Mille Lacs before you head out. Otherwise, make sure your tackle box is fully stocked and get ready for some of the best fishing you can find in Minnesota! 

Minnesota Fishing Resorts

Another highlight of Lake Mille Lacs is the quality of Minnesota fishing resorts that are right on the shoreline with direct access to the waters. The Red Door Resort is located with a beach, docks, and a boat slip that gives all guests easy access to the lake and gorgeous views right outside your cabin. There’s also plenty of amenities for those looking for all the best aspects of camping to accompany their fishing experience. Fire pits, various activities and play areas for families, and camping for RVs and fish houses are just a few of the amenities that would be available. If you want to clean your fish and prepare a tasty meal or get it ready to take home with you, each of our cabin rentals are equipped with a full kitchen with plenty of space to filet, cook, and enjoy your catches. It’s pretty easy to see why so many people love this lake and The Red Door Resort is ready to help you experience it all for yourself. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your gear and let’s hit the waters of Lake Mille Lacs!



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