A central Minnesota lake known for walleye is also pretty good for bass fishing.
"The most incredible smallmouth bass fishery I have ever fished,” bass tournament veteran and TV host Shaw Grigsby said, according to the paper. “At Mille Lacs, a 3-pound (smallmouth) is a small bass."
The Minnesota DNR says more than 500 lakes in the state support smallmouth bass, while more than 2,000 have self-sustaining largemouth bass populations.
The largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing seasons begin May 13, and go until Feb. 25, 2018. The limit is six total bass, unless you're fishing on Mille Lacs, which has special restrictions. You can read about them here.
You can find other good bass fishing spots in Minnesota online here.
What are the best places for bass fishing?
USA Today named five lakes that are said to be the best place to catch bass. Here they are:
- Lake Champlain, a 280,000-acre lake that borders upper New York, Vermont and Quebec.
- Lake Okeechobee, a 730-square-mile lake in Florida.
- Falcon Lake, a 83,654-acre lake on the Texas-Mexico border.
- Toledo Bend, a 185,000-acre reservoir on the Texas-Louisiana border.
- Sam Rayburn Reservoir, which is 114,500 acres in Jasper County, Texas.