Mille Lacs Regulations

(including tributaries to posted boundaries)

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

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

Northern pike darkhouse spearing: Ten fish. One may be longer than 30 inches. Darkhouse spearing season closes February 22, 2015.

Tullibee (Northern Cisco): Possession limit is 10.

Bass: Total of six 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.

Other Species: Follow statewide regulations.

No Culling: You may not release fish already caught and kept and replace them with other fish you catch even before you reach your daily or possession limit.

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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