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Fishing Report for 4-16-19

The lakes are starting to open up in the Willmar Lakes Area. We recommend not going on the ice as it is very weak from the last snow storm and the past few warm days. Shore fishing is starting to take off under the bridge on Nest Lake, along the high [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 4-9-19

Anglers have been pulling quite a few perch from Long Lake and crappie from Foot Lake. Walking is the only way to get out on the lakes right now as the accesses have deteriorated. With more open water lately, some anglers have had success shore fishi [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 4-2-19

Although there is still roughly 24 inches of ice on area lakes, it's starting to get real soft. No driving of vehicles on the lakes is recommended at this point. Anglers are catching perch and sunfish on Long Lake, crappie from Foot Lake, and jumbo p [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 3-26-19

It's getting harder to get out onto the ice as the snow melts. The best way would be by foot, especially on Big Kandiyohi Lake as there is 15 inches of water on top of the ice. Most area lakes are still holding at 24 inches of ice, but be aware that [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 3-19-19

Even though the area lakes still have about 24 inches of ice on them, they also have about 4-12 inches of water and slush. Lakes with aerators are opening up as well as Nest Lake near the bridge. The best way to get out on the lake for ice fishing is [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 3-12-19

The deep snow and slush has made it difficult to access the lakes throughout the county and most anglers are either walking out or using snowmobiles to get around. Anglers that have been out report good panfish action throughout the area including cr [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 2-26-19

Anglers have had a rough time getting out on the lakes after this past weekend's blizzard. There is somewhat of a plowed path on Big Kandiyohi Lake, but it would be best to travel by snowmobile right now. The crappie are still biting on Willmar, F [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Updates for 2-22-19

The gamefish season (walleye, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass) will close this Sunday, Feb. 24 for most Minnesota waters.

Minnesota fishing opener dates for the 2019/2020 fishing season for most inland waters are as follows: [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 2-19-19

Anglers continue to pull crappie and walleye from Willmar and Foot lakes near the fairgrounds and also on Diamond Lake after sunset. The bite at Big Kandiyohi Lake has slowed down a bit. Crappie are still active by the island on Nest Lake. Eagle Lake [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 2-12-19

With over 24 inches of ice on area lakes, now’s the perfect time to plan an ice fishing trip in the Willmar Lakes Area! The crappie are still biting on Diamond, Willmar, Foot and Eagle lakes. The walleye and jumbo perch are still biting on Big Kand [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 2-5-19

All area lakes are sitting with at least 24 inches of ice on them. Stay clear of the aerators on the lakes as they can make the ice near there weaker. The walleye bite has slowed down a bit in the area, especially on Foot, Diamond, Green, Long, and E [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-29-19

In the past week, anglers have found active fish in many area lakes. The most active northern pike can be found in Big Kandiyohi, Diamond, Lillian, and Florida lakes. Blue is the color for the hottest lure for crappie and walleye on Big Kandiyohi Lak [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-22-19

Now's the time to go ice fishing in the Willmar Lakes Area! Reports are coming in that the fish are biting on just about every lake. Diamond Lake is giving up 13" crappie in the morning and evening hours while Eagle Lake and Lake Florida are giving u [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-15-19

The ice is on average 16 inches thick on most area lakes and growing with this week's cold spell. The big crappie bite that brought over 500 fish houses on Diamond Lake this past week has slowed down a bit as well as the jumbo perch bite on Big Kandi [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-8-19

Area lakes have roughly 12-14 inches of ice on them. Extra caution should be taken as last week’s warmer temperatures could have created weaker ice. Make sure to check the depth often as you move around the lake. The bite has picked up on Norway La [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-2-19

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you had a chance to get out and do some ice fishing over the holidays. Area lakes have anywhere from 10-14 inches of ice on them. Anglers are pulling crappie, walleye and northern pike from Green, Diamond, Wagonga and [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 12-27-18

Extreme caution must be used by ice anglers, especially due to deteriorating ice conditions and snowfall concealing cracks and areas of thin ice. Anyone planning to head out should first consult with a local bait shop, resort or guide service for the [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 12-18-18

The ice thickness is varying greatly in the Willmar Lakes Area as some lakes only have four inches while other have 12. But even though a lake might measure 12 inches in one part of the lake it can vary greatly in a different part of the same lake. E [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 12-11-18

The winter bite has kicked in and anglers are taking full advantage on our area lakes. The two most popular lakes this past week were Lake Kasota and Minnetaga Lake in the southern part of the county, where many anglers reported catching walleye. If [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 12-4-18

After a windy weekend we are finally making ice again. The small prairie lakes are still in that 4-8 inches range while Eagle Lake and Green Lake are between 2-5 inches along the shoreline. Willmar, Foot, Eagle, Green and Diamond lakes all still have [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 11-27-18

As of Monday there was 4-8 inches of ice on the smaller area lakes such as Minnetaga, Elizabeth, Lillian, Big Kandiyohi, Solomon, Long, and Ringo Lake. For safety we wouldn't recommend using ATVs of any kind yet. Walleye and crappie are being pulled [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 11-20-18

The smaller area lakes have 3-5 inches of ice on them. However, the weather is warming up for the next two days so be extra careful if heading out on the lakes. By this weekend, the cold weather should be back and we should continue to make some good [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 11-13-18

Ice has started to form on many of the smaller lakes including Minnetaga, Solomon, Ringo, and Long lakes. However, with the upcoming warming trend we wouldn't recommend walking on the lakes just yet. Let's give the ice another week or two to become m [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 10-23-18

Anglers that continue to venture out are enjoying a great bite. Jigs or spinners tipped with a sucker minnow or a fathead should catch the most fish. Walleye anglers are finding walleye in the shallows during low light hours and at night on Minnetaga [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 10-16-18

Anglers have pulled 14-17 inch walleye from Minnetaga Lake in the past week along with some perch. Shore fishing has picked up on Willmar, Foot and Ringo lakes with both walleye and crappie being caught. Stick near the running water to find fish duri [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 10-9-18

The fall walleye bite is inching closer each day. Anglers have pulled nice-sized walleye from the north end of Green Lake, Diamond Lake and Eagle Lake. Shore fishing along Willmar and Foot lakes has produced crappie and walleye for some. Those in sea [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 9-25-18

Anglers continue to catch walleye on Minnetaga, Big Kandiyohi, Green, Willmar and Foot lakes. With the cooler temperatures, this would be the week to switch over to minnows on jigs or lindy rigs instead of crawlers. You could find some walleye along [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 9-18-18

Anglers are finding a good walleye bite on Minnetaga Lake and Big Kandiyohi Lake in the southern portion of the county. Pulling a bottom bouncer, spinner and crawler seems to work well. Stick to the 25-35 foot range if fishing for walleye on Green La [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 9-11-18

Fewer anglers have been out to the lakes lately. Those finding time to search for the fish are catching walleye on Green Lake and panfish on Nest, Eagle, and Diamond lakes. This past Sunday was the West Central Bassmasters Green Lake Fall Classic wit [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 9-4-18

With the start of school and fall schedules, not many anglers have made it out this past week. Those that have been out are catching good numbers of bass, northern pike, sunfish and a few small walleye on Eagle Lake. A note for fishermen, a new fish [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 8-28-18

Not as many anglers have been out lately. Walleye are still being caught on Green Lake in the 25-35 foot depths and on Eagle and Diamond lakes. The cool weather has brought about the sunfish and bass on Eagle and Diamond lakes as well. Local bait sho [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 8-21-18

Water temperatures in the Willmar Lakes Area have dropped over the past week. With the shorter days and cooler nights, water temperatures should to continue to fall. Walleye anglers are taking fish from the 25-35 foot depth on Green Lake and along th [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 8-14-18

Few anglers have been out lately. With the recent heat wave, surface water temperatures have bounced back so the best time to fish has been in the low light hours; early mornings and evenings. The walleye bite has picked up on Green Lake in the 25-35 [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 8-7-18

Anglers continue to find fish in their summer locations and patterns. Walleye are being pulled from the deeper areas of Eagle Lake and Diamond Lake as well as in the 25-35 foot depth on Green Lake. Sunfish have been very active on Andrew, Florida, Ea [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 7-31-18

The walleye bite has quieted down a bit in the area with only a few being pulled from Green, Nest, Eagle and Diamond lakes. Anglers have had success pulling crank baits in the shallows in the evenings. Sunfish and crappie have been biting everywhere, [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 7-24-18

Fishing has slowed down just a bit with the many rainy days. Reports are still good for walleye and panfish on Diamond, Eagle and Nest lakes. Anglers have found walleye in the shallows while pulling plugs in the evenings on Green Lake as well as in t [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 7-10-18

Not as many fishermen have been out due to the rain and extreme heat. Those that have been out shared that the lakes have warmed up quite a bit and the fish are biting. The best walleye bite has been found in the early morning or late evening in the [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 7-3-18

Anglers are enjoying the active fish in the Willmar Lakes Area. Sunfish and crappie can be found on almost every lake near the weed lines and in 5-10 feet of water. Search for the walleye in the 15-20 foot range. Wax worms and crawlers seem to be the [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 6-26-18

Fishing is still excellent in the Willmar Lakes Area! The most popular and active lake is Diamond Lake. The sunfish and crappie are eager to bite as well as the walleye. Search for the walleye in the 15-20 foot range for the best results. Green Lake [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 6-19-18

It may take a bit to locate the walleye, but when you do they are hungry. Green Lake has anglers excited about catching large walleye with a 28 ½ inch walleye pulled last week. Most fish, including bass and northern pike, are being pulled from depth [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 6-12-18

The walleye bite has turned on in the Willmar Lakes Area! East Solomon Lake was the most active this past week with the best presentation being a jig and a crawler. Walleyes were also taken from South Long, Eagle, Willmar, Foot, and Big Kandiyohi Lak [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 6-5-18

As the water temperatures rise, the fishing action does as well in the Willmar Lakes Area! Water temperatures are well over 70 degrees in area lakes, causing the sunfish, crappie, northern pike, bass and walleye to begin their transition from spring [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 5-29-18

Fishing has been great the last week in the Willmar Lakes Area! Sunfish, crappie and largemouth bass have been active in Diamond, Florida, Andrew, Willmar and Foot Lakes. Anglers reported a strong walleye bite on Big Kandiyohi and Wakanda lakes. Othe [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 5-22-18

What a great time to be fishing in the Willmar Lakes Area! The walleye bite turned on this past week so anglers have been eager to get out on the lakes. Wakanda, Big Kandiyohi and Lake Lillian had the most action recently. The sunfish, crappie and ba [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 5-8-18

The lakes have done a great job warming up this past week with most being between 55-58 degrees. Eagle and Florida lakes have had great sunfish and crappie action. Reports from anglers are also coming from Dogfish Bay on Diamond Lake, Nest Lake bay a [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 5-3-18

Great news...all of the lakes in the Willmar Lakes Area have opened up! Green Lake had ice out early on May 2nd; in plenty of time for the Governor's Fishing Opener! Excellent crappie and sunfish action is happening in the Nest Lake bay, the fish tra [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 4-24-18

As of the latest ice out update on Green Lake, it still has 21 inches of ice. Other smaller lakes are starting to open up. We're hoping for continued warm weather and some wind and rain to break up some of these lakes in time for the fishing opener.

Fishing Report for 4-17-18

As of Monday, Green Lake still had 29 inches of ice on the lake with plenty of snow as well after this weekends storm. As the Willmar Lakes Area preps for hosting the Governor's Fishing Opener May 10-13th we will keep a close eye on the ice condition [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 4-3-18

Only a handful of fishermen out lately with the cold and snowy weather. Anglers have been spotted on Willmar Lake, Foot Lake and Elkhorn Lake. ATV's and walking should still be safe on the ice, but always check for current ice conditions. Lakes with [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 3-27-18

Fewer fishermen are heading out on the lakes lately. Area lakes that have accesses on the northern end or western end of the lake are in rough condition as the ice is breaking away from the shore. Anglers are still having success catching sunfish and [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 3-20-18

The best panfishing of the season is happening right now in the Willmar Lakes Area. Anglers reported active fish on the south end of George Lake, the east end of the big island on Nest Lake and in various locations on Elkhorn, Diamond, Willmar and Fo [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 3-13-18

Fishing has been good in the Willmar Lakes Area with nice sized perch being pulled from Lake Lillian and crappie and sunfish being pulled from Willmar and Foot Lakes. Other great lakes to check out for late winter fishing are Diamond, Eagle, Elkho [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 3-6-18

Anglers were required to have their fish houses off the lakes as of yesterday in the Willmar Lakes Area. The walleye, northern pike and bass season came to an abrupt end with a snow storm. Many lakes have standing water from the rainfall on Sunday or [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 2-27-18

Few anglers were out this past weekend due to the snow storm. Those that were out before the storm hit reported lots of crappie action on Willmar and Foot Lakes during the day. And as evening fell, even the sunfish and walleye started to bite. Averag [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 2-20-18

It was a great weekend to get out on the lakes. Foot Lake proved to be the most popular with many ice houses on it. The daytime bite was the best for crappie and sunfish and a few small walleye. Others had luck on Eagle Lake with walleye and crappie [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 2-13-18

Anglers have had some success this past week, even with the cold temperatures. The daytime bite has been good on Willmar Lake and Foot Lake especially near the golf course. Some good sized perch have been pulled from Big Kandiyohi Lake and Lake Lilli [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 2-6-18

It was a quiet weekend in the Willmar Lakes Area with the Super Bowl and the cold weather. Anglers brave enough to go out were catching sunfish, crappie and walleye on Diamond Lake and the northern end of Eagle Lake. The early morning and evening hou [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-30-18

Another great weekend was had in the Willmar Lakes Area! Crappie and walleye were active on most area lakes; however, Big Kandiyohi Lake and Ringo Lake were the most active. Lately the sunfish, crappie and perch bite has been on throughout the county [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-23-18

What a great weekend to be out ice fishing in the Willmar Lakes Area! Every lake was busy with anglers hoping to catch the big one! Big Kandiyohi Lake was the most successful putting out perch and some small walleye. Anglers were catching crappie, sm [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-16-18

A lot of folks were out ice fishing this past weekend in the Willmar Lakes Area. The average ice thickness is 16-20 inches as of Monday. There are still quite a few ice heaves on many lakes so be careful when heading out. The lakes that put out the m [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-9-18

The early morning and evenings have had good action for ice fishing in the Willmar Lakes Area. Active crappie can be found on Diamond Lake, Eagle Lake, Willmar Lake, and Foot Lake. Walleye have been pulled from Willmar Lake, Foot Lake, Big Kandiyohi [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-2-18

Ice conditions have been improving each day with the frigid temperatures. Most lakes now have 14 to 18 inches, but there are still some thin spots on the lakes. Always check the ice as you go. Norway Lake was a popular choice with a good amount of cr [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 12-26-17

It’s a great time to get out on the ice and do some fishing in the Willmar Lakes Area! On average, there is between 11-13 inches of ice on the lakes. We’ve seen some fish houses out there and 4-wheelers driving around. We wouldn’t recommend dri [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 12-19-17

Little by little the ice has been growing on area lakes. On average there’s 4-6 inches on the wind covered area of the lakes. However, many lakes still have open water in the middle and the accesses are in poor condition. Be very careful out on the [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 12-12-17

Some of the lakes are finally thick enough to walk on in spots; however many public accesses are still open as the strong winds broke up the ice around them. Spots of each lake that were protected by the winds have good ice on them and can support [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 12-5-17

The strong winds have broken up what ice there was on the lakes. Hopefully as the wind dies down later in the week the lakes will start creating some decent ice. By next week we're hoping to have walkable ice on some of the smaller lakes.

Fishing Report for 11-28-17

As of last Friday, Nov. 24, there was some thin ice on the smaller lakes in the area. The recent warm temperatures and wind have most likely melted much of the early ice. Colder, more seasonable temperatures return next week which should increase the [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 11-14-17

Few anglers are venturing out now that ice is forming on bodies of water throughout the area -- very little information on fishing activity is available at this time. [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 10-24-17

Fewer fishermen have been out in the last week due to the windy weather. Those that have ventured out are catching awesome crappie and walleye by the culverts on Willmar and Foot Lakes. Anglers are still pulling walleye from the shore on Lake Lillian [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 10-17-17

The lakes have cooled and the fish are hungry! This is the perfect week to get out and do some fishing in this beautiful weather! The lakes that have cooled the most and have quite a bit of running water would be my first choice to try. These lakes i [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 10-10-17

This is a great time to enjoy some outdoor activities surrounded by beautiful fall color! Fall fishing has been good with the cooler temperatures. Walleye are in their fall patterns, responding to jig and minnow combinations. Anglers trolling crankba [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 10-3-17

Most anglers are turning their attention to the fall walleye bite with lake temperatures ranging from 60-65 degrees. Many of the great locations for finding walleye in the spring will work in the fall as well. Stay near the weeds, moving water and co [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 9-26-17

The fall fishing frenzy has begun in the Willmar Lakes Area! The surface temperature of the lakes is averaging 60-65 degrees. The lakes to try for walleye would be Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Green Lake, Long Lake and Big Kandiyohi Lake. Look for them [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 9-19-17

The bite has improved greatly in many lakes throughout Kandiyohi County. Walleye are active all over, you just need to find them. Use your electronic device to find them and you should be good. Minnows or crawlers on jigs or lindy rigs should work v [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 9-5-17

As fall begins, anglers are starting to adjust their presentations due to cooler air temperatures and fewer daylight hours. Lake temperatures are hovering in the low 70s in the Willmar Lakes Area. The walleye action has been good for anglers trolling [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 8-29-17

Enjoy some excellent panfishing in the Willmar Lakes Area! Head to Diamond, Eagle and Nest Lake for active bass, northern, crappie and sunfish. Green Lake has produced some nice sized sunfish along the weed lines and walleye in the 30-40 foot depths. [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 8-22-17

The fish are biting in the Willmar Lakes Area! Although there aren’t as many anglers out this late in the summer, it makes for a peaceful fishing trip. When shore fishing, stick near moving water such as the culverts and where the creeks flow into [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 8-15-17

The summer fishing trends continue with water temperatures still hovering between 75-78 degrees on most lakes. The best walleye bite continues on Green Lake in the deep waters between 20-35 feet deep. Green Lake has also proven to be a great locatio [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 8-8-17

The fish remain active in the Willmar Lakes Area. The best walleye bite has been found on Green Lake lately with the fish being pulled anywhere from 15-35 feet. Diamond and Eagle Lake are also putting out some walleye. Northern pike and bass are biti [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 8-1-17

The dog days of summer have arrived as we start the month of August. Not as many anglers out lately, but those that are fishing are having success. Green Lake is giving up walleye in the 30-40 foot range in the early morning and evening hours. Eagle [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 7-25-17

Anglers are catching sunfish, bass and northern on almost every lake in the county. During the hot summer months, you’ll find the panfish a bit deeper in the waters and more along the weed lines to keep hidden. Some great shore fishing action can b [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 7-18-17

Lately there are more recreational boats on the lake than fishing boats. Those that are braving the heat still report good panfish action on most area lakes. Many sunfish and bass have been pulled from Diamond Lake, Eagle Lake, Games Lake, Lake Andre [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 7-11-17

Great fishing action taking place in the Willmar Lakes Area! The latest walleye bite is happening on Ringo Lake, Long Lake and Solomon Lake. Excellent panfish action on Green Lake, Nest Lake, Lake Andrew, Games Lake, George Lake and Point Lake. With [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 7-5-17

Many folks were out enjoying the lakes over the 4th of July weekend, however it was more recreational and not many people fishing. Shore fishing and fishing off the docks remains active on most area lakes. Reports of active sunfish, crappie, bass and [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report 6-27-17

Lake temperatures have cooled a bit and are around 70 degrees right now. That’s a great temperature to make the fish active. The walleye catch was excellent this past week on Eagle Lake, Green Lake, Diamond Lake, Lake Florida and Norway Lake. Sunfi [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 6-20-17

Last week anglers found it more difficult to find the larger sized sunfish and bass as they were probably finishing up spawning. They should be done this week so look for more active panfish. The best lakes to try would be Diamond, Eagle, Norway, Gam [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 6-13-17

The awesome summer weather last week brought some excellent fishing with it. People were catching fish on every lake in the county! Long Lake was by far the most popular as anglers pulled out big bass, walleye and Northern pike. The second best lake [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 6-6-17

This weather was made for fishing…warm, sunny skies and only a slight wind! Come to the Willmar Lakes Area for your next fishing adventure! Anglers are continuing to catch sunfish and largemouth bass in the shallows as they get ready to spawn. You [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 5-30-17

We hope everyone had a great Memorial Weekend and got to enjoy the sunny days! Many anglers were out this past weekend catching 14-17 inch walleye on Big Kandiyohi Lake, Wagonga Lake and Lake Elizabeth using a variety of bait. The most popular lake w [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 5-23-17

The spring fishing frenzy is in full gear in the Willmar Lakes Area. Anglers are catching 20+ inch walleye on area lakes. The most active were Big Kandiyohi Lake, Wagonga Lake, Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Green Lake, Willmar Lake and Foot Lake. The wal [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 5-16-17

This year’s fishing opener proved to be an excellent one for anglers in the Willmar Lakes Area! Many walleye were pulled from lakes south of Willmar including Big Kandiyohi, Wagonga, Elizabeth, Minnetaga and Lake Lillian. Walleye are generally more [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 5-9-17

Looks to be an awesome fishing opener in the Willmar Lakes Area! The fish are biting and the weather is expected to be gorgeous! If you plan on shore fishing, head on out to Willmar Lake, Foot Lake, Eagle Lake or Green Lake to catch some great panfis [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report For 5-2-17

Last weekend's cold weather has kept many anglers away from the lakes. Thankfully, the weather this weekend should be perfect for a great fishing adventure! Stick to the northern ends of the lakes and in the shallows where the water is warmer. Make s [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 4-25-17

What a great weekend we had to go fishing in the Willmar Lakes Area! There were some big sunfish and crappie caught in the northern end of Green Lake over the weekend as well as near Saulsbury Beach. Panfish were also being pulled from the north end [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 4-18-17

The fish are starting to move more toward the shallows this time of year. Any kind of bait right now could work as the fish are hungry. Most anglers stick to wax worms, crawlers and minnows though. After the next couple days of wind and rain we shoul [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 4-4-17

Spring Fishing has arrived in the Willmar Lakes Area and the fish are biting! This past weekend, Willmar Lake and Foot Lake were the place to go for very active crappie and sunfish. Other spring fishing spots to try would be Elkhorn Lake in the north [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 3-28-17

Spring fishing is starting to heat up in the Willmar Lakes Area. This week's warm weather and sunshine should bring the fish up to the shallow waters. The most common shore spots for fishing are the west side of Norway Lake, Elkhorn Bay, the Nest [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 3-14-17

Although the recent cold temperatures are creating more ice, it's not the quality ice that we're hoping for. With the recent snow cover and the upcoming warmer temperatures the ice does not look stable enough to walk on. However, there are some angle [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 3-3-17

Most lakes in our area have opened up with minimal ice in spots. The forecasted warm weather coming this weekend should melt much more of the ice. So unfortunately, ice fishing might be over for the season in the Willmar Lakes Area.

Fishing Report for 2-28-17

Although there might be 12 inches of ice on some of the area lakes, it’s only as good as about four inches of quality ice. If you head out, walking is all we recommend. Also, be sure to check the quality and thickness of the ice as you move around [ … Read More … ]
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