Mille Lacs Regulations

Special Notice

Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake will close at 10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, because walleye harvest by anglers has exceeded the state's allotment for 2015 by more than 2,000 pounds. The closure will continue through Monday, Nov. 30.

Other fish species including smallmouth bass, northern pike and muskellunge remain abundant in the lake. Fishing for these species will remain open with loosened regulations for bass and northern pike that allow anglers to keep more of what they catch.

Learn more about Mille Lacs Lake, the season closure and what DNR is doing to rebuild the walleye population.

DNR News

12/10/2015: Correction on party fishing on Mille Lacs Lake Full story

11/06/2015: Mille Lacs area lands major bass tournament after DNR rule changes Full story

10/26/2015: Mille Lacs ice anglers allowed to keep 1 walleye, 5 northern Full story

10/19/2015: Mille Lacs: Winter harvest cap set; ice fishing regulation decision by end of month Full story

10/06/2015: DNR names 17 to Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee Full story

09/10/2015: DNR seeks applications for Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee Full story

08/27/2015: DNR redoubles Mille Lacs Lake walleye management efforts Full story

08/07/2015: DNR makes additional changes to attract national bass fishing tournaments to Mille Lacs Lake Full story

08/04/2015: Mille Lacs area could land more bass tournaments with rule change Full story

07/21/2015: Lake Mille Lacs Walleye Fishery Frequently Asked Questions Full story

07/21/2015: Strong catch, warm weather push Mille Lacs walleye fishery toward state quota Full story

04/08/2015: Mille Lacs walleye limit to 1; night muskie and bow fishing allowed Full story

04/02/2015: Experts' review of Mille Lacs management is presentation topic Full story



If regulations change, they will be posted at public accesses, this website 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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