Agate Bay Resort
Summer FishingAgate Bay ResortMille Lacs is Minnesota’s second largest lake and covers 132,000 acres or over 200 square miles. It is a relatively shallow lake with much of the lake ranging from 20 - 35 feet in depth.

It is a world-class fishing lake for walleye, muskies, northern pike, small mouth bass and perch with many trophies of each species caught annually. The fishing season for walleyes and northern pike runs from mid-May to the end of February. Smallmouth bass fishing opens in late May. and the muskie season begins in early June.

Agate Bay ResortWalleye is the most popular fish in Mille Lacs with more hours of fishing time devoted to catching them than any other species. Early in the season (mid-May to early June) most fishermen stay closer to shore and fish either the near-shore rock reefs or the famous North end sand. This is a very popular time to fish because you do not have to travel very far to fish and, at most times, you do not need a very large fishing boat to be safe. Popular techniques include slip sinker rigs and crank baits for trolling or slip bobber rigs with Agate Bay jigs when anchored.

As the season progresses, fishermen generally move deeper to the offshore gravel areas and mud flats. Power trolling with long leadered spinner rigs with bottom bouncers or slow-trolling with slip sinker rigs work well on both of these areas. A slip bobber rig fished along the deep edges or even on top also works well.

During fall, fishermen are generally moving shallower again and concentrating on slip bobbers or crank bait trolling over the shallow rock reefs and also slip sinker rig trolling on the North end sand breaks. Trolling deep running crank baits with lead core line is getting more popular during late summer and fall as well.

Muskie and northern pike fishing generally takes place near the cabbage areas and weedlines in and near the shallow bays on Mille Lacs. Casting a variety of baits, including jerk baits, bucktails, crank baits, and spoons are the favorite way to fish for these bruisers. Many people also troll with outriggers or trolling boards along the North end as well. Mid-summer is generally the most productive time, with a late surge in late fall before ice-up. Many people believe the next state record muskie will come from Mille Lacs in the near future.

Smallmouth bass fishing has really been picking up in recent years. Mille Lacs is managed as a trophy fishing lake for smallmouths and has a protected slot limit where all fish smaller than 21” must be released. The average size of these fighters has been rising accordingly. Fishing generally takes place over shallow rock reefs during mid-summer using either slip bobbers or casting crank baits or jigs.


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