In his book “Mille Lacs,” Doug Bennington captures the essence of a Minnesota icon with a sharp eye and an unfailing love of his subject. For more than five years, Bennington has pursued the changing moods of the lake, its varied wildlife and its lively cast of characters.
From the thousands of images created, he carefully winnowed the best into this tasteful, one-of-a-kind coffee table book-a valued keepsake to anyone who loves Mille Lacs.
An exciting introduction and a selection of lake facts add value to this classic documentary showcase.
Featuring a compilation of 91 four-color and black-and-white fine art photographs.
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French fur traders named this area of central Minnesota “Pays de Mille Lacs,” or Region of a Thousand Lakes. They called this lake “Grand lac du Pays de Mille Lacs,” which was later shortened by English speaking settlers to Mille Lacs Lake.
Unlike many North American lakes, broad, shallow Mille Lacs does not have a thermocline — the thin layer of water that separates the warmer surface from the cold depths. Because of this lack of layering, fish can swim at all depths year-round.
100 miles of shoreline, 207 square miles of lake surface, maximum depth of 42 feet, and is 1,251 feet above sea level.
Retreating glaciers from the last Ice Age created Mille Lacs, along with most of Minnesota’s other lakes, about 10,000 years ago.
Winter ice forms as thick as four feet over the entire surface, which makes Mille Lacs one of Minnesota’s most popular places for ice fishing.
Mille Lacs is the second largest lake entirely within Minnesota’s borders. (Red Lake is the biggest).
Fish species include: bluegill, crappie, cisco (tullibee), eelpout, muskellunge, northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye and yellow perch. World class trophy smallmouth bass and musky fishing.
World famous night time “illuminated bobber” fishery for walleye. Slip bobbers with jigs and leeches are an extremely effective combo when windy.
Formerly a 100% naturally reproducing trophy walleye population, no restocking was ever required. One of only a select few U.S. lakes to retain this elite status. Regrettably, times have changed. Over a decade of extensive gill netting has led to a massive collapse of walleye infrastructure. Like shooting fish in a barrel, pun intended, the only U.S. lake to allow pre-spawn gill netting as well.
Current attempts for remediation include:
Exceedingly harsh slot limit regulations and only 1 fish per person possession.
First ever 2015 extended night ban for sport fishing. Since walleye are nocturnal feeders, they love midnight snacks!
Potential for 1st ever 2016 on premise walleye fry hatchery.
Jumbo perch populations have seen tremendous declines over recent years as well.
“The Pundits” attribute massive decimation of walleye population to eurasian mill foil, global warming, ever increasing water clarity due to zebra mussels, technological advances in sport fishing, musky devouring excess walleye fry, and even walleye kill rates from “non-slot” size throwbacks. Sadly, politicians and the Minnesota DNR refuse to publicly admit that gill nets are also a major contributor to the ecosystem’s degradation.
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