Mille Lacs Regulations

(including tributaries to posted boundaries)

Regulations on this page effective May 10, 2014

Walleye: Two fish 18-20 inches. One may be longer than 28 inches.

Northern Pike: Ten fish. One may be longer than 30 inches. Season closes March 29, 2015.

Bass: Six total smallmouth and largemouth combined. One smallmouth may be longer than 18 inches. Season opens Saturday, May 10. Lake is exempt from mid-September catch-and-release smallmouth regulation. Bass may be caught through Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015.

Tullibee (Northern Cisco): Possession limit is 10.

Other Species: Follow statewide regulations.

No Culling

Night Closure: No fishing from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, May 12, through 6 a.m. Monday, July 21. Night fishing allowed beginning at 10 p.m. on Monday, July 21.

If regulations change, they will be posted at public accesses and at, or call 1-888-646-6367 for current information.

One example of a tagged fish

Tagged Fish: Please record tag number, species, fish length, date & place caught, angler type (e.g. boat, launch, shore, ice, etc.), and whether released (leave tag attached) or kept (send tag). Postcards are available at public accesses & businesses on Mille Lacs Lake. Fish can be reported by:

  • Contacting or mailing Minnesota DNR-Fisheries, 1200 Minnesota Ave. S, Aitkin, MN, 56431
  • Sending an e-mail to
  • Online


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