Copy of Copy of MLSA 2019 Membership Drive
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Membership Drive!
Congratulations to Ron DaRosa with RD Outdoors for winning the Simms Challenger Bib and Jacket.
Since we had such an outstanding response to this contest, we decided to also give away a Simms SolarFlex Hoody. Erik Chrissis won the hoody.
Thanks to Simms Fishing Products for sponsoring this giveaway!

The MLSA has partnered with Simms Fishing Products and will be giving away a Simms Challenger Bib & Jacket!

Everyone who joins as a new member or renews their current/expired membership will automatically be entered to win.

In addition, every $20 spent in the MLSA Online Shop will earn you an entry into the contest!

For example, if you join/renew for $20 you will be entered once. If you were to join/renew for $100 you will be entered FIVE times!

The same goes for sales in our online shop. There is no limit to the number of times you can be entered to win!

This contest will run from now through 11:59pm on Friday, April 9th with a winner randomly drawn and announced on Saturday, April 10th.

To join or renew your membership click here.

To check out our online shop click here.

This contest is sponsored by:

The MLSA was Featured on Covering Water Ep. 2

Join hosts Natalie Dillon and Nicole Stone as they dive into the stories that made Mille Lacs guide Jim DaRosa and professional angler Josh Douglas the anglers they are today.

๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป: https://bit.ly/3bCCiEk
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๐—™๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ต ๐——๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ: https://bit.ly/3jmi6sQ
๐—๐—ถ๐—บ ๐——๐—ฎ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฎ'๐˜€ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ: https://bit.ly/2HjMSWo

Special thanks to the great folks at Catch Co for their stellar work in filming this episode!

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Mille Lacs Big Bass Classic Sponsors

MLSA Press Releases

2020 MLSA Billboard Final

Simms Fishing Products Renews Partnership for Conservation Efforts with Non-Profit Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance for 4th year

(Dec 21, 2020) Isle, Minn. โ€” 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 for the 4th year. 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.

โ€œThis ongoing partnership with Simms is making a significant, positive impact on our fishery and young anglers alikeโ€ said Jason Schade, president of the MLSA. โ€œSimms is a great organization, not only for their high-quality clothing and product line, but for their corporate commitment to conservation efforts.โ€

โ€œAs we enter our 4th year of support for the MLSA, we are excited about the evolution of the organization and our partnershipโ€ said Patterson Leeth, Lakes Community Leader at Simms. โ€œThe MLSA continues to shoulder the responsibility of maintaining a sustainable fishery, couple that with their commitment to engaging the next generation of anglers and creating stewards of this special resource for years to come is exactly the kind of work we can stand behind as a brand.โ€

Beginning in 2020, Simms and the MLSA created a high school angler scholarship fund. A total of $2,500 in scholarships was awarded in 2020. The scholarship fund is poised to continue into 2021 which benefits the next generation of anglers and conservationists.

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 MLSAโ€™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 MLSAโ€™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 MLSAโ€™s Bronzeback Blowout fundraiser are welcome from other industry partners in support of this mission. The event will be held on Saturday, May 1st at the local resort Izatys on Mille Lacs. Interested organizations should email Jason Schade at info@millelacssmallmouthalliance.com.

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

(Feb 22, 2019) Isle, Minn. โ€” 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.

โ€œWeโ€™re thrilled to have this ongoing relationship with Simms. Theyโ€™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,โ€ said Jason Schade, president of the MLSA. โ€œSimms is a great organization, not only for their high-quality clothing and product line, but for their corporate commitment to conservation efforts.โ€

โ€œWe 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 canโ€ said Patterson Leeth, Lakes Community Leader at Simms.ย  โ€œThe 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.โ€

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 MLSAโ€™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 MLSAโ€™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 MLSAโ€™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 info@millelacssmallmouthalliance.com.