The Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization.* 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 healthy property values and a robust community. Plus, taking care of a precious natural resource is just the right thing to do. * Recognized under IRC 401(a)
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The Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance membership consists of sport anglers of all skill levels, Mille Lacs businesses, fishing guides, fishing clubs, tournament organizations and those who enjoy being in the out-of-doors. Our “Free the Fighter” signs will be placed throughout the lake, in local businesses and sport shops, to educate the angling public as to the benefits of Catch and Release. At the same time we are not opposed to well thought-out selective harvest plans that will keep the trophy population of Mille Lacs Smallmouth Bass healthy for all to enjoy for many years to come. We will partner and cooperate with the Minnesota DNR in lake management decisions.
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"The Alliance was created to give a unified voice to bass anglers across the country. Recognized as a world class smallmouth bass fishery, Mille Lacs needs to be respected. Ranked in the top 10 of several 'best' bass lakes lists, if managed correctly it will stay an incredible fishery for generations to come. - Pres. Jim DaRosa
Board of Directors
Jim DaRosa: President -- DaRosa is a fishing guide and homeowner on Mille Lacs and has been a life long tournament angler.
George Liddle, Jr.: Vice President -- Liddle is a tournament angler and fishing/boating industry executive and is a Mille Lacs area homeowner.
Linda Dahlen: Secretary/Treasurer -- Avid outdoorswoman and Isle Chamber Board President.
Justin Baldwin: Owner of Hunters Point Resort in Isle.
Tony Roach: Famous for his guide service on Mille Lacs as well as tournaments and television shows across the upper Midwest, Roach is also an area homeowner.
Brian Wood: Avid angler and area homeowner.
Jason Holmer: Tournament angler and media executive with Bass Utopia.
Mark Schutz: Area homeowner and tournament angler and guide. Schutz also runs the Full Throttle fishing tournament organization.
Terry McQuoid: Lifelong resident of the Mille Lacs area and fishing guide and tournament angler, Terry owns and manages McQuoid's Inn and Resort in Isle.
Janet Parker: Professional bass angler and area homeowner
Scott Bonnema: Tournament angler and guide, Bonnema is a generous philanthropic member of the Mille Lacs community.
The Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance has been officially recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, under the Educational Organization criteria. All donations to MLSA are tax deductible charitable contributions for both Individuals and Corporations. Contact your tax professional for the proper handling of your donation on your tax return.