2016 TOYOTA® BASSMASTER ANGLER OF THE YEAR TOURNAMENT STARTS THIS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Onamia, Minn.  – Grand Casino Mille Lacs is in the final stages of preparation and ready to welcome the 2016 Toyota® Bassmaster Angler of the Year tournament this week – September 15 – 18, 2016. This is the first time the Elite series has ever visited Lake Mille Lacs, a multi-species lake home to plentiful trophy northern, musky and – as will be demonstrated during this tournament – trophy smallmouth bass.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 15

6:40 a.m. – tournament launch out of Eddy’s Resort (41334 Shakopee Lake Rd, Onamia, MN 56359)

3:45 p.m. – tournament weigh-ins begin – Parking Lot B, Grand Casino Mille Lacs (777 Grand Ave, Onamia, MN 56359)

Friday, September 16

6:40 a.m. – tournament launch out of Eddy’s Resort

*boat demos after tournament launch*

Visitors will have the chance to get up close and see the boats, motors and equipment that the pros use.

3:45 p.m. – tournament weigh-ins begin – Parking Lot B, Grand Casino Mille Lacs

Saturday, September 17

11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bassmaster University – Parking Lot B, Grand Casino Mille Lacs

Bassmaster University offers a series of seminars from professional anglers and B.A.S.S. staff, as well as meet-and-greets, bass-fishing advice, and discussions on products and services from local vendors and sponsors

Noon to 6 p.m. – Mille Lacs Community Festival – over 80 vendors – Parking Lot B, Grand Casino Mille Lacs

Sunday, September 18

6:40 a.m. – tournament launch out of Eddy’s Resort

Noon – 5 p.m. Mille Lacs Community Festival

3:45 p.m. – tournament weigh-ins begin – Parking Lot B, Grand Casino Mille Lacs

Mille Lacs Community Festival

The Mille Lacs Community Festival is free and open to the public on Saturday, September 17, from noon to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, September 18 from noon to 5 p.m.

This event features 80 vendors in addition to Bassmaster sponsors showcasing an array of products from jewelry, woodworking, unique handmade items, fishing gear, kid’s games, an interactive trout pond, food vendors and more. 

“We’re so proud to be hosting this nationally recognized tournament and showcasing Mille Lacs Lake,” said Joe Nayquonabe, Jr., CEO of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures. “There are so many reasons to visit this region year-round and we’re thrilled that bass fishing is getting the attention that it deserves.”

There are plenty of ways to #dothelake. For more information about this tournament, please visit fishmillelacslake.com.

Media Note:

If you’re interested in covering the 2016 Toyota® Bassmaster Angler of the Year Tournament, please apply for credentials here. 

About Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures

Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures manages all the Mille Lacs Band’s businesses, including Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley, Eddy’s Resort on Lake Mille Lacs, InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel and the DoubleTree Hilton in St. Paul, Minn., the DoubleTree Minneapolis Park Place in St. Louis Park, Minn., Big Sandy Lodge & Resort in McGregor, Minn., 2020 Brand Solutions, Embassy Suites Oklahoma City and other Band-owned businesses such as a cinema, a grocery store, gas/convenience stores, a golf course, wastewater treatment plant, a commercial laundry facility, a medical office building and a print shop. It also oversees certain amount of the Band’s investments and considers new business opportunities to provide economic support for the Band’s future. Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures has over 3,500 employees and its board of directors is comprised of five members, who guide the business and investment decisions for the Band. Visit www.mlcorporateventures.com for more information.

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