MILLE LACS CO., Minnesota – You always have to be a little leery when something is labeled “The best in the world!” Because, frankly, the reality never lives up to the hype.
Never say “never”. Mille Lacs Lake in east-central Minnesota has been a perennial Top 5 choice in Bassmaster’s “Best Bass Lakes” features over the years, and carries the reputation as THE smallmouth bucket-list destination of all.
Sold. It’s true. This place is insane.
After two days at the 2016 Elite Series Angler of the Year Championship, we’ve seen more 5-plus-pound smallmouth than any of us can remember. Mille Lacs is that good, times 10. Here’s just a glimpse of what we’ve seen so far.