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Champions Tour Hosting Hourly-Big Bass Tournament on Lake Mille Lacs

In partnership with the Champions Tour, the Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance (MLSA) is excited to announce the Bronzeback Big Bass Classic.  This event will be held on Saturday, August 22nd on Lake Mille Lacs and will allow anglers to fish the event out of any ramp on the lake and submit a smallmouth each hour for the hourly big bass awards.

“The MLSA is very excited to be able to offer anglers of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to participate in this exciting fishing tournament that allows a multitude of anglers to walk away with some cash and prizes,” said Jason Schade, President of the Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance.

The event will begin at 7:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm, with the biggest three smallmouth bass each hour taking home cash and prizes, along with the top-five biggest smallmouth of the day taking home awards as well.

Anglers can begin fishing at 7:00 am and submit one smallmouth per hour to be eligible for the hourly big bass awards.  All fish catches will need to be submitted by 3:00 pm for the final hourly payouts, along with the overall day’s big bass payouts.  All competitors will be entering in their fish catches into the Reel LiveWell App.  This will allow the competitors and the public to follow along and see the exciting smallmouth action unfold on Lake Mille Lacs.

“An event like this on Mille Lacs is only possible because of the use of the Reel LiveWell App,” said Scott Bonnema, Owner of the Champions Tour, and the Reel LiveWell.  “It allows the anglers to catch some of the incredible smallmouth Mille Lacs has, enter the length into the App, along with two fish photos, hit submit and then release that smallmouth back into the lake…a truly great way to enjoy and preserve the fishery.”

There will be an adult and youth division (16 years old and younger), with a $40 and $25 entry fee, respectively.  If the competing angler is not a member of the MLSA, their entry fee will include a complimentary yearlong membership to the MLSA.

More details of the Bronzeback Big Bass Classic, including the cash payouts, prizes that anglers can win, along with the registration form will be right here on the MLSA website - stay tuned!

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Simms Fishing Products Renews Partnership for Conservation Efforts with Non-Profit Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance

(Feb 22, 2019) Isle, Minn. — The Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance is proud to announce that industry giant Simms Fishing Products has renewed its conservation partnership with the local non-profit. This ongoing partnership is essential for the conservation efforts of the world-class trophy smallmouth bass on Mille Lacs. Proudly the choice of gear for professional guides and anglers worldwide, Simms has a storied history of encouraging conservation programs for fisheries and the work of this non-profit will benefit from their financial and in-kind contributions.

“We’re thrilled to have this ongoing relationship with Simms. They’ve really stepped up in such a big way to help us with our message of catch and release and sound conservation management on Mille Lacs,” said Jason Schade, president of the MLSA. “Simms is a great organization, not only for their high-quality clothing and product line, but for their corporate commitment to conservation efforts.”

“We are extremely pleased with our partnership and look forward to continuing our support of the Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance and this special fishery in any capacity we can” said Patterson Leeth, Lakes Community Leader at Simms.  “The MLSA advocating on behalf of a world-class body of water right in our own back yard is something I believe all anglers from Minnesota and beyond should be supporting.”

Free the fighter is more than a slogan for the MLSA; it is the future of sustaining this world-class fishery. Together, with Simms as the leading producer of high quality products to keep anglers dry, comfortable and protected from the elements, the synergy grows. All Simms products are manufactured in the U.S.A. in a state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot facility in Bozeman, Mont. This partnership fits the corporate direction of fisheries conservation and inspired product development of the world's premier technical fishing apparel, footwear, and equipment.

The in-kind product will be used at the MLSA’s fundraisers and the cash contributions all help share the message of catch and release and how important it is to manage the fishery for the health of the older (and larger) smallmouth bass population. Simms applauds the MLSA’s vocal efforts to speak up to sustain a fishery so that it can continue to be phenomenal for generations to come.

Donations for the MLSA’s Bronzeback Blowout fundraiser are welcome from other industry partners in support of this mission. The event will be held on Saturday, May 4th at the local resort Izatys on Mille Lacs. Interested organizations should email Jason Schade at