Every year the July/August edition of BassMaster magizine ranks the top 100 bass lakes in the Nation. In 2017 BassMaster ranked Mille Lacs the Number 1 Bass lake in the nation up from # 6 in 2016.
This number 1 ranking is well deserved as witnessed by the 2016 BassMaster Elite Series Angler of the Year where there were 76 twenty pound stringers weighed in over the 3 day event by the top 50 anglers in the country.
The Angler of the Year returned again to Mille Lacs in September of 2017 and the results were very similer to the 2017 event. Many of the Elite pros said on stage this lake was perhaps the best smallmouth bass lake in the World!.