Bass-fishing circuit to end regular season on Mille Lacs

Last year, pros were gushing about the smallmouth bass fishing on Lake Mille Lacs in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship. They're expecting more of the same in this year's tournament, scheduled Sept. 14-17 on the central Minnesota lake.

The Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit‘s regular-season finale will be held on Lake Mille Lacs on Aug. 19.

Hosted by the city of Isle and McQuoid’s Inn, the single-day event will be headquartered at Mac’s Twin Bay Resort just north of Isle.

Given the lake’s reputation as a world-class smallmouth bass fishery – Bassmaster Magazine ranked it No. 1 in the nation – expect heavy weights to be the rule, according to a Cabela’s news release. At the NABC’s 2016 Mille Lacs qualifier, Minnesotans Lucas Matzke and Dan Cochran topped the field with a five-fish limit weighing a whopping 24 pounds, 4 ounces, good for more than $7,000.

“Depending on the conditions, you can catch them on drop-shots, hair jigs, jerkbaits, crankbaits and topwaters,” longtime NABC angler and national touring pro Austin Felix said in the release. “I’m excited to fish this event. Mille Lacs is the best lake in the country as far as I’m concerned. It has the size and numbers to produce big weights, and I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t take 24 pounds to win this time around, too.”

The Cabela’s NABC’s Mille Lacs tournament is open to all two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Teams will be allowed to bring their best five largemouth or smallmouth bass to the scale, with weigh-ins beginning at 3 p.m. at Mac’s Twin Bay Resort.

Registration for the Mille Lacs tournament closes at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14. For complete details and to sign up, visit

A month after the NABC tournament, Mille Lacs will again play host to a major bass-fishing circuit with the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship, scheduled Sept. 14-17. Seth Feider, also a Minnesotan, won last year’s tournament – the first time it was held on Mille Lacs.

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