preserving and maintaining a world-class trophy smallmouth bass fishery​

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Free the fighter is more than our slogan, it is our hope for the future! Release trophy smallmouth bass this summer and we have goodies for you--including commemorative art for a 22+" released. Snap two photos (one by a ruler and one showing the release) and submit the pertinent details (where, when, how and witnessed by) and we'll send you a free piece of art for you to remember the moment. Compliments of MLSA and our corporate partner Scheels.  When B.A.S.S. was on Mille Lacs for the Angler of the Year Championship, pros showed the world this incredible fishery. Soon, anglers will come from all over the United States to fish this lake, and we want to welcome each with open arms. Our businesses are prepared for the economic impact of their travel dollars. But we need to encourage voluntary catch and release  in order to preserve and maintain this world-class, trophy smallmouth bass fishery.

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FREE Commemorative art gift for 22" release

With a spirit of cooperation, we are: sport anglers of all skill levels, area businesses, guides, clubs, tournament organizers and anyone who enjoys being outdoors. 

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Smallmouth Bass art supplied courtesy of © Jon Q Wright / JQ Licensing www.jqlicensing.com

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Checking old attitudes at the door, we're not on a quest to harvest as many fish as possible, and we'd never measure a successful day in pounds of fish killed.

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Mission Statement: ​The Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance is a 501(c)(3)  charitable non-profit organization, recognized under IRC 401(a). The Alliance is dedicated to rebuilding, preserving and maintaining Mille Lacs as a world class trophy smallmouth bass fishery. Our work will include: educating fishermen, local businesses and visitors to the lake about the benefits of catch and release and advocating with conservation officials about sound fish management practices. We believe a healthy trophy smallmouth bass fishery contributes to the economic vitality of the Mille Lacs Lake area through tourism and overall property values and a robust community. Plus, taking care of a precious natural resource is just the right thing to do.​