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 Work

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 healthy property values and a robust community.

Plus, taking care of a precious natural resource is just the right thing to do.​

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."

- Pres. Jim DaRosa

Our Motto:

FREE THE FIGHTER!

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

Board of Directors

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

Jason Schade: President Elect -- Avid angler and Founder/President of Major League Series LLC.

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

​​Linda Dahlen: Secretary/Treasurer -- Avid outdoorswoman and Isle Chamber Board President.

Justin Baldwin: Owner of Hunters Point Resort in Isle. 

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.

Brian Wood: Avid angler and area homeowner. 

Jason Holmer: Tournament angler and media executive with Bass Utopia.

Mark Schutz:  Area homeowner and tournament angler and guide. Schutz also runs the Full Throttle Fishing tournament organization.

Ron DaRosa: Professional bass fishing guide and area homeowner​​.

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

Jim DaRosa: President

Jason Schade: President Elect

George Liddle, Jr.: Vice President

Linda Dahlen: Secretary/Treasurer

Justin Baldwin: Board Member

Tony Roach: Board Member

Brian Wood: Board Member

Jason Holmer: Board Member

Mark Schutz: Board Member

Ron DaRosa: Board Member

Scott Bonnema: Board Member

Honorary Board Members

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

 

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