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Lake Mille Lacs Minnesota Guide Service

About Us

I have 20 years experience guiding anglers on Mille Lacs Lake. I am an elementary teacher during the school year and guide full time in the summer.  I care about making your experience safe, enjoyable and memorable. I work with the busiest, most experienced and professional guides in the area, so if I am unavailable or you need more than one boat, I can make sure there is a great guide available to take you fishing. We provide all equipment, all you need to do is bring yourself! I, personally, specialize in Walleyes and Smallmouth bass on Mille Lacs. However, I work with guides that specialize in Muskie/Pike if that is what your favorite species is. We also go to smaller lakes in the area where you can keep limits of walleyes if that is your goal. I take a lot of family groups, including younger kids. Being a teacher, I am patient with kids and will make sure they catch lot's of fish and have a great experience.

To inquire about time of the year, targeted species, techniques or any other questions, please call 763-477-8553 or email: info@hansonguideservice.com

Family groups welcome!

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All equipment provided.

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2019 Rates (Groups of 2 people, additional person 50.00)

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1/2 Day (4 hours) 400.00

Long 1/2 day (6 hrs) 450.00

Full Day (8 hours) 500.00


About Miille Lacs Lake, MN Fishing

About Mille Lacs Lake

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Mille Lacs Lake is the 2nd largest lake in MN at 132,000 acres and 200 square miles! Mille Lacs is a storied fishery with a rich history of fishing going back to the turn of the century. Mille Lacs has remained a world class walleye fishery and has also, in recent years, become a world class Smallmouth Bass and Muskie fishery as well. Mille Lacs' average depth is 24' and it's maximum depth is 40'. The shorelines are made of rock/rubble and sand/weeds. The main lake is a mix of rock/gravel structures, mud flats and open 33' basin areas. The primary forages for fish in Mille Lacs are perch, shiner minnows, crayfish and ciscoes. There are 12 creeks that flow into Mille Lacs and the Rum River is the only outlet on the lake's southwest corner. There are five communities on Mille lacs. Onamia, Wahkon, Isle, Malmo and Garrison.

Types of fishing

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How do we catch them on Mille Lacs Lake?

Lots of ways!

For Walleyes, we start the season on Opener by doing a lot dragging and pitching light jigs/minnows and plastics. 

After Memorial day we do a lot of live bait rigging with leeches, jigging with minnows, drop-shot rigging with live bait and plastics and slip-bobber fishing! Jigging raps also start working really good by mid-June and are a fun way to catch fish!

By late-June, we are still live-bait rigging and also trolling spinners/crawlers/leeches. 

Usually after the 4th of July, in addition to live-bait rigging and trolling spinners/live-bait, we start trolling crankbaits on lead-core line. Mid-summer, we are doing a lot of trolling for big walleyes in the basin areas with crankbaits on leadcore line and also bobber fishing for the smaller fish on shallow rocks. 

When the water starts cooling in the fall, we get back to doing a lot of jig/minnow fishing and live bait rigging minnows. 

Mille Lacs Lake is a very dynamic fishery that has a a lot of diverse structure and ways to find and catch fish throughout the season. Basically, however you like to fish, we can catch lots of quality fish that way most of the year! Shallow, deep, slow, fast casting, trolling, jigging, rigging! You name it, and you can catch a ton of nice fish that way on Mille Lacs!

Species/Time of year

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When is the best time of year to fish for my favorite species?

Walleyes: We catch them all year long. May and June are awesome, as the fish are feeding aggressively following the spawn. Throughout July and August, we continure to have great fishing for Mille Lacs walleyes by switching our fishing patterns to catch them in deeper water and using trolling presentations. The fall is a great bite again on the shoreline areas using traditionaly jig/live bait techniques.

Smallmouth Bass: Mille Lacs Lake has become a nation-wide destination for "Bronzebacks" in the last 20 years. B.A.S.S. held their "Elite" series tournament here and rated Mille Lacs as the best Smallmouth fishery in the country! The best time to target the brown bass are in early June when they are congregated in shallow areas during the spawn. Jerkbaits, plastics and topwaters are all effective presentations. As the water warms throughouts summer, the bigger fish will relate to deeper boulder areas where presentations like jigging and drop-shotting are most efficient. Then as water temps drop in Mid-September, the fall bite is absolutely phenomenal as the big fish (20"+) school up in large groups and feed heavily in anticipation for winter. This fall bite is the best time to catch numbers of world class smallmouth.

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Hanson's Guide Service, Mille Lacs Lake, MN

(763) 477-8553