Current 2018 Mille Lacs Regulations

(including tributaries to posted boundaries)

Regulations on this page effective November 6th, 2015


Mille Lacs Regulations

If Mille Lacs Lake fishing regulations change, they will be posted at public accesses and on this web page. Printed and electronic copies of these regulations are available from the DNR Information Center by emailing [email protected] or by calling 1-888-646-6367

Also, check with the Minnesota DNR Mille Lacs Lake fishing regulations for the latest updates and changes.

This lake has special fishing regulations that differ from statewide or border water regulations for those species identified below and take precedence. Unless otherwise mentioned all general regulations, seasons, limits, possession, transportation and border water regulations apply.

including all tributaries from the mouth upstream to posted boundaries

  • Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass: Bass season is open May 12, 2018- February 24, 2019. Prior to May 26, all largemouth bass and smallmouth bass must be immediately released. Beginning May 26, 2018, combined possession limit is three, with only one bass over 21″. All


    17-21″ must be immediately released.

  • Northern Pike: From May 12 through November 30, 2018, possession limit is five, with only one over 40″. All northern pike 30-40″ must be immediately released. Beginning December 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019, possession limit five, but only one northern pike over 30″ is allowed in possession provided that the angler, on the same day, has also harvested two northern


    less than 30″ in length from Lake Mille Lacs prior to harvesting a northern pike over 30″.

  • Tullibee (Cisco): Possession limit ten.

  • Walleye: From May 12 through November 30, 2018, catch-and-release only. All walleye must be immediately released.

  • Night Closure: From 10 p.m. on May 14 through 11:59 p.m. on November 30. May 14 – June 1, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., no one may fish for any species or possess any fishing tackle on the lake. June 2 – 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 longer than 8″ or 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)


    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.


    smallmouth bass and largemouth bass may be culled following statewide culling rules.


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