Mille Lacs Special Regulations
Mille Lacs County, Minnesota

Below are special fishing regulations for Mille Lacs as regulated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. For complete fishing regulations for Minnesota click here.

General Lake Restrictions


  • No Live Bait: Only artificial baits and lures allowed in possession from 12:01 a.m. on July 7 through 11:59 p.m. on August 10 and from 12:01 a.m. on September 5 through 11:59 p.m. on November 30. An exception is made for suckers greater than 8" in length for anglers targeting northern pike and muskellunge.
  • Night Closure: From 10 p.m. on May 15 through 11:59 p.m. on November 30. May 15 - June 2, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., no one may fish for any species or possess any fishing tackle on the lake. June 3 - November 30, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., fishing tackle may be possessed but not used except: a) muskellunge and northern pike may be targeted with artificial lures and suckers longer than 8". No other lures or baits may be in possession if night fishing for northern pike or muskellunge. No possession or targeting of species other than muskellunge or northern pike.; and b) bowfishing for rough fish is allowed, but no possession of angling equipment, and only rough fish may be in possession.
  • No culling or live-well sorting: Fish taken into possession are considered part of an angler's bag limit and cannot be exchanged with another fish. However smallmouth bass and largemouth bass may be culled following statewide culling rules.

Fishing Bag Limits


  • LARGEMOUTH AND SMALLMOUTH BASS

    [including all tributaries from the mouth upstream to posted boundaries] Bass season is open May 13, 2017- February 25, 2018. Prior to May 27, all largemouth bass and smallmouth bass must be immediately released. Beginning May 27, 2017, combined possession limit is three, with only one bass over 21". All bass 17-21" must be immediately released.
  • NORTHERN PIKE

    [including all tributaries from the mouth upstream to posted boundaries] Possession limit is five, with only one greater than 40". All northern pike 30-40" must be immediately released.
  • TULLIBEE (CISCO)

    [including all tributaries from the mouth upstream to posted boundaries] Possession limit ten.
  • WALLEYE

    [including all tributaries from the mouth upstream to posted boundaries] Catch-and-release only from May 13 through July 6; all walleye must be immediately released. Closed July 7 through August 10; no walleye may be targeted. Catch-and-release from August 11 through September 4; all walleye must be immediately released. Closed on September 5 through November 30; no walleye may be targeted.
Please note that the special regulations above my be revised at any time by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources without notice. For complete fishing regulations check with your local DNR