Mille Lacs Lake fishing regulations

If 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

Winter regulations

  • Walleye: From Dec. 1, 2022, through Sunday, Feb. 27, 2023, one walleye between 21-23 inches or one fish longer than 28 inches. All other walleye must be immediately released.
  • Bass: All bass longer than 17 inches must be immediately released. Winter smallmouth bass harvest not allowed. Limit of three largemouth bass. Largemouth harvest ends Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023.
  • Northern Pike: Through March 31, 2023, all northern pike greater than 30 inches must be immediately released. Limit of three. Same regulations for spearing, which concludes Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023.
  • Cisco (tullibee): Possession limit is five.
  • Burbot (eelpout): No harvest allowed.

Dark house spearing

Size and harvest restrictions for northern pike also apply for dark house spearing. Note that the dark house spearing season on Mille Lacs Lake coincides with the statewide dark house spearing season, which concludes the last Sunday in February. Only northern pike angling is allowed on Mille Lacs Lake after the statewide dark house spearing season closes.