The Minnesota DNR shared some exciting news for the Mille Lacs Lake area as a popular fishing tournament will return this year.

According to the DNR, the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship was terrific for the community in 2016, and it drew rave reviews from the pros who participated.

The 2017 tournament will return to Mille Lacs from Thursday, September 14 - Sunday, September 17, with competition on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.  On Saturday, spectators can attend an outdoor fan-appreciation day at Grand Casino Mille Lacs, where the pros will be giving seminars, signing autographs and engaging with fans on a personal level, according to Bassmaster.

This marks the first time the event has been held in the same location on back-to-back years.

In related news, Bassmaster also announced it would schedule a Classic Bracket tournament in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on Pokegama Lake, from Sunday, September 19 - Wednesday, September 22.

Sounds like 2017 is a great year to kick some bass in Minnesota.