Scheels Free the Fighter Personalized

Life-Size Free Print Program

This program is made possible by our Corporate Sponsor Scheels. We thank Scheels for their continued support as they are sponsoring the Free Print Program again in 2022!


Why A Free Print Program?

The Free Personalized Life-Size Commemorative Print Program gives anglers a great incentive to release their trophy fish! This program is sponsored by Scheels.

When you practice Catch & Release you are:

  • Allowing the fish to live to be caught again
  • Saving money by not having a taxidermy or replica made
  • Preserving this world-class trophy smallmouth bass fishery
  • Qualifying for a Personalized Print that you can frame as you choose to match your home decor

The Prints are provided free of charge for MLSA members who have caught, documented and safely released a 21" or longer Smallmouth out of Lake Mille Lacs.

Qualify in 3 Easy Steps:

Step #1: Catch a 21" or longer Smallmouth in Mille Lacs

Step #2: Document your Fish with 3 Photo's

  1. Grip N Grin - you holding your fish
  2. Fish on Measure (with mouth closed)
  3. Picture of the fish being safely released

Step #3: Fill out the form below with all of the details of your catch

Scroll down to see the Trophy Board with photo's of successful entrants.

Remember: This program is available to current MLSA Members only! Joining and entering for this program are allowed at the same time.

Examples of Successful Entrants Photo's:

Photo #1:
Grip N Grin

**Must show bait!!**

Photo #2:
Fish on Ruler

**Mouth closed, tail pinched**

Photo #3:

**All qualifying fish must be safely released**

Nate Nipper - 21.5", 6.2oz
Trophy Board 1
Nate Nipper Release

Rules for Entry

Who qualifies?

  • Current MLSA members
  • Joining MLSA at the same time as entry is allowed
  • 1 Print per Member per Year

What are the requirements for the catch?

  • Fish measures 21"+
  • Caught casting an artificial bait, sorry no trolling - must show bait in picture(s)
  • Caught and safely released on Lake Mille Lacs
  • Proper documentation - all required photographs and information about the catch

The Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance reserves the right to deny any application in accordance to the above rules.

Free Print Sponsored by Scheels

Enter for the Scheels Free Personalized Life-Size Print

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.

MLSA 2022 Free the Fighter Trophy Board
Sponsored by Scheels

MLSA 2021 Free the Fighter Trophy Board
Sponsored by Scheels

MLSA 2020 Free the Fighter Trophy Board
Sponsored by Scheels


Receive A 20% Discount!

When you catch a fish 17" to 20 15/16" that is your personal best, you will qualify for a 20% discount for the Personalized Life-Size Print!

The process is mostly the same as for the free print:
1.) Catch, document and safely release your fish (exact same rules as the free print qualifications apply)
2.) Fill out the form above
3.) We will contact you with further instructions for your discounted print!

  • Must be a member to enter but joining at the time of entry is allowed.
  • Entrants extend permission to use photo in MLSA efforts. Thank you.
Free Print Sponsored by Scheels