GARRISON -- Plenty of healthy bass is why Mille Lacs lake has been named the best lake in the country for bass fishing.

Out of 12 other lakes, Mille Lacs ranks as number one by Bassmaster Magazine due to its high number of healthy smallmouth bass.

Governor Mark Dayton says the lake is perfect for the family.

"I invite all bass fishing enthusiasts from Minnesota and across the country to come to Mille Lacs and enjoy the best bass fishing lake in America."

Bassmaster Magazine says Mille Lacs "really shined" at last year's Bassmaster Championship. Grand Casino and Mille Lacs Tourism will host the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Mille Lacs lake again this September.

Last year, the event put more the $3 million into the area economy with nearly 1,800 hotel rooms being booked.

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