Our Mission

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 property values and a robust community.

Our Why

"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 as the #1 Bass lake in the US by BASSMaster Magazine in 2017, if managed correctly it will stay an incredible fishery for generations to come."

- Jim DaRosa, Past President

Our Motto:

FREE THE FIGHTER!

The Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance is a 501(c)(3)  charitable non-profit organization, recognized under IRC 401(a).

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Board of Directors

Since 1993

Jason Schade: President -- Avid angler and Founder/President of Major League Series LLC and is a Mille Lacs area homeowner.

George Liddle, Jr.: Vice President -- Liddle is a tournament angler and fishing/boating industry executive and is a Mille Lacs area homeowner.

Dean Hanson: Treasurer -- Owner of Agate Bay Resort in Isle.

Linda Dahlen: Accountant -- Avid outdoors woman and Isle Chamber Board President.

Kim Jacobson: Secretary -- Avid outdoors woman and social media, website, newsletter, membership services for MLSA.

Jim DaRosa: Past President -- DaRosa is a fishing guide and homeowner on Mille Lacs and has been a life long tournament angler. 

Scott Bonnema: Tournament angler and guide, Bonnema is a generous philanthropic member of the Mille Lacs community.

Brad Hawthorne: Professional Mille Lacs fishing guide and area homeowner.

Mark Olson: Owner of Norseman Guide Service and local homeowner. Lifelong tournament bass angler and committed conservationist.

Jason Schade: President

George Liddle, Jr.: Vice President

Dean Hanson: Treasurer

Linda Dahlen: Accountant

Kim Jacobson: Secretary

Jim DaRosa: Past President

Scott Bonnema: Board Member

Brad Hawthorne: Board Member

Mark Olson: Board Member

Honorary Board Members

Since 1993

I've fished the best smallmouth lakes and Mille Lacs is at the top of the list. This resource needs to be taken care of for generations. -Mark Zona

Minnesota unquestionably has some of North America’s finest smallmouth bass fishing. Mille Lacs Lake is one of the crown jewels of the state because of it’s size, habitat, forage base and growth potential of giant smallmouth bass. - James Lindner, Award Winning Outdoor Photographer

This fishery is something we have to take care of -- these big fish are 20 year-old fish. Let's protect this place. - Seth Feider, B.A.S.S. Elite Angler and Winner of AOY tournament on Mille Lacs in 2016

Terry Mcquoid: Lifelong resident of the Mille Lacs area and fishing guide and tournament angler.

Minnesota unquestionably has some of North American’s finest smallmouth bass fishing. Mille Lacs Lake is one of the crown jewels of the state because of it’s size, habitat, forage base and growth potential of giant smallmouth bass. - Ron Lindner, Celebrity Angler

Smallmouth bass are my favorite species of fish to target and Mille Lacs is, bar none, one of my favorite lakes to fish them. Bass fishing is big business and Mille Lacs is the type of fishery that can draw anglers from around the country. - Al Lindner, Fishing Celebrity

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.

Mark Zona

James Lindner, Award Winning Outdoor Photographer

Seth Feider, B.A.S.S. Elite Angler and Winner of AOY Tournament on Lake Mille Lacs in 2016

Terry McQuoid

Ron Lindner, Celebrity Angler

Al Lindner, Fishing Celebrity

Tony Roach