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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 … ]

Fishing Report for 2-21-17

This unusually warm weather for February is deteriorating the ice rapidly. The ice on our area lakes might be thick enough to walk on, but after today it will probably be too unsafe for even that. Always wear a life vest when venturing out on the lak [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 2-15-17

The recent warm weather and wind has helped deteriorate the accesses to the lakes even more and there is open water on a few lakes. Also, since a couple vehicles have went through the ice in our area, we suggest sticking to 4 wheelers and portable fi [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 2-7-17

Most area lakes have 14-18 inches of ice right now and some of the accesses are in tough shape. The walleye bite has hit Long Lake with as big as 30 inch walleyes being pulled late at night. Willmar Lake and Foot Lake have had active crappie, walleye [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-31-17

Anglers are still catching fish on most of the lakes in our area. Crappie and walleye have been caught on Norway Lake, Willmar Lake and Foot Lake. If you’re looking for sunfish, crappie and Northern pike you should head over to the northwest and no [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-24-17

Fishing has slowed down a bit with the warm spell we’re having. There is a lot of sitting water on top of the ice on most lakes in the area. Ice conditions should improve with the upcoming cold snap. Panfish continue to be active on Green Lake, Nor [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-17-17

This gorgeous week of weather has brought many anglers to the Willmar Lakes Area. The most popular lakes were Norway Lake, Nest Lake and South Long Lake for crappies and Green Lake for sunfish, crappies and walleye. Kandiyohi County has turned on aer [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-10-17

Lots of folks out fishing this past weekend! The main catch on Green Lake was walleye on the northwest and northeast corner of the lake and good sized crappies by the County Park. Norway Lake and South Long Lake were also very busy with anglers repor [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 1-3-17

What a great weekend it was for ice fishing in the Willmar Lakes Area! The weather was great and the fish were biting! Northern pike and walleye were the catch of the day at Long Lake, Green Lake and Nest Lake. Mainly perch, sunfish and crappies were [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 12-27-16

Not many anglers out this past weekend with the holiday and rainy weather. Those that have ventured out are using portable fish houses and 4-wheelers to get out on the ice. Area lakes are ranging from 6-12 inches of ice, depending on how shallow the [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 12-20-16

Unfortunately the recent snow fall hurt the ice on the larger lakes, which created a lot of open water. Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Lake Florida and Lake Andrew are ranging from only 3-5 inches of ice. The smaller lakes such as Ringo Lake, South Long L [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 12-13-16

Ice fishing season is here for the brave! Ice is covering many of the smaller prairie lakes ranging from 2-6 inches in some spots. Ice is seldom the same thickness over a single body of water; it can be two feet thick in one place and one inch thick [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 12-6-16

Winter temperatures have arrived and ice is beginning to form rapidly, especially on the smaller, shallower lakes. Most anglers are anxiously awaiting the upcoming ice fishing season. Anyone planning to venture out should first consult with area r [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 11-29-16

With the temperatures remaining pretty mild for this time of year, there's no ice to lure the anglers back out to the lakes. Temperatures are expected to turn cooler next week. Three or four nights of single-digit temperatures should build 3- or 4-in [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 11-15-16

Not many fishermen out this late in the year. Those that are out are having a blast catching fish on Wagonga Lake, Minnetaga Lake, Ringo Lake, Diamond Lake, Green Lake, Willmar Lake and Foot Lake. Mostly shore fishing near running water during low li [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 11-8-16

Not many fishermen out these days as they’ve put their boats in storage already. Those that are out are shore fishing and finding success on Big Kandiyohi Lake, Lake Elizabeth, Green Lake, Ringo Lake, Willmar and Foot Lakes. Jigs and minnows seem t [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 10-25-16

More anglers were out this past weekend taking advantage of our gorgeous fall weather and the fish did not disappoint. Many reports came from Green Lake using live bait rigs in the deeper areas and shad raps in the shallows. Most walleye were found i [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 10-18-16

Few anglers venturing out this last week. Those that did are still having success with the fall bite. Minnetaga Lake has produced some great walleye action along the shore. Foot Lake is giving up pan fish and walleye near Rau Park in Willmar. Anglers [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 10-11-16

The fall bite continues in the Willmar Lakes Area! Anglers reported a very active weekend for walleye and bass on South Long Lake and Green Lake. They were being pulled anywhere between 10 feet and 40 feet of water and minnows proved to work better t [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 10-4-16

The fall bite has started in the Willmar Lakes Area! Reports of active walleye and perch are coming off of Big Kandiyohi Lake in the past week. Anglers have been pulling plugs and live bait rigs in the 30-40 foot range on Green Lake and having succes [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 9-27-16

Few reports are coming in from people fishing these days with the wind. Willmar Lake is still putting out good sized walleye and crappie off the docks while Foot Lake is giving up more crappie and sunfish. Big Kandiyohi Lake is still your best bet fo [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 9-20-16

There are few fishermen out these days as folks have gotten into their regular routines now with school and kids. However, the fall bite can be one of the best fishing of the year. Anglers that have been out are reporting catching some large perch an [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 9-13-16

As the temperature cools so does the water, which means the fall fishing frenzy should be starting any day now. If it’s small mouthed bass or walleye you’re looking for, head over to Diamond Lake where some reports of nice sized fish are coming f [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 8-23-16

Not many folks out fishing lately. As noted this weekend, the no wake restrictions have been lifted on some lakes in Kandiyohi County. Please see previous report for a listing of the lakes. Many anglers are fishing off shores or docks near moving wat [ … Read More … ]

No-Wake Restriction Update for 8-20-16

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department has lifted the slow/no-wake restriction on some of the lakes in Kandiyohi County. However the restriction remains in effect for all of Big Kandiyohi Lake which is still very high due to drainage from the Will [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 8-16-16

With all of the rain we’ve had in the last week there is a no wake restriction on all Kandiyohi County lakes. So not many fishermen out these days. Those that have been out fishing along the shore or off the docks have had great success with bass, [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 8-9-16

As we approach the dog days of summer, fewer people are out fishing. Those that venture out are catching some nice sized sunfish, bass and northern pike on Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Green Lake and Lake Florida. Stick near the weed line and flats for [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 8-2-16

Walleye are becoming less concentrated as we get closer to fall. Your best bet is to cover some water by trolling with shad raps and plugs. Pulling plugs with lead core line on the base of the lake has proven successful for many anglers, especially o [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 7-26-16

Few people have been out fishing on these hot and humid days recently. But those that are getting out are still catching some great action on Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Nest Lake and Green Lake. Sunfish, bass and northerns have been crazy on most lake [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 7-12-16

The fish in the Willmar Lakes Area are in their summer patterns now with the warmer temperatures. The walleye are still being pulled from Wagonga Lake, Big Kandiyohi Lake, South Long Lake, Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake and Green Lake. Stick to the earl [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report For 7-5-2016

What a gorgeous weekend we had to be out on the lakes! It sounded like everyone had an awesome time whether they were fishing, water skiing, tubing or just going for a leisurely boat ride. The lakes were spotted with boats all over the county! Nor [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 6-14-16

The sunfish are very active in the Willmar Lakes Area! Reports of nice sized sunfish and a few crappie are coming from most area lakes. Other panfish such as bass and northern pike are also very active on most lakes. Anglers have had to put in a litt [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 6-7-16

The wind didn’t create a very enticing fishing experience this last weekend. Those that did venture out had success on a variety of lakes including Games Lake, Lake Florida, Lake Andrew and Ringo Lake. This week’s warm up should get the remaining [ … Read More … ]

5-31-16

We had another awesome weekend of fishing in the Willmar Lakes Area! The bass, sunfish, crappie and Northern pike were biting just about everywhere. Especially on Lake Florida, Lake Andrew and Diamond Lake. The bass, Northern pike and walleye were al [ … Read More … ]

5-24-16

What an amazing weekend we had for fishing in the Willmar Lakes Area!!! Panfish including sunfish, crappies and Northern Pike were biting on all area lakes, especially on Norway Lake. The two craziest lakes for walleye were Ringo Lake and Long Lake a [ … Read More … ]

5-10-16

We’re ready for the walleye opener this weekend in the Willmar Lakes Area! The water temperature of most area lakes is between 55-60 degrees. Panfishing picked up last week with the warm weather and has slowed just a bit this week with the cool wea [ … Read More … ]

4-26-16

The cool weather has slowed the fish down a bit in our area, but it looks like we should be back in business by Monday. Currently, the lakes are cooling a bit so look for the fish in the bays and shallows where it’s warmer. Sunfish and crappies wer [ … Read More … ]

4-20-16

Fishing is heating up in the Willmar Lakes Area! Crappies are being caught on the northeast corner of Lake Andrew and Green Lake, in Dogfish Bay in Diamond Lake and in the shallows of Willmar Lake and Foot Lake. Many panfish are also being pulled fro [ … Read More … ]

4-12-16

The weather might finally start cooperating with us in the Willmar Lakes Area! With the warm up ahead and the calmer winds predicted, it looks like a great week to get some fishing in! Whether you fish from the shores or take your boat out, fish the [ … Read More … ]

4-5-16

Not many anglers out in this varied Minnesota spring weather. Those that are taking their boats out are finding success in the usual spring locations. Some of these include Dog Fish Bay on Diamond Lake, the northwest corner of Lake Andrew, the northe [ … Read More … ]

3-18-16

More of the smaller lakes in the Willmar Lakes Area reported ice out including: Big Kandiyohi Lake, Eagle Lake, Elkhorn Lake, George Lake, Long Lake, Ringo Lake, Foot Lake and Games Lake.

3-15-16

Records are being set with the earliest ice out dates on some Willmar area lakes. As of March 12th Lake Lillian, Willmar Lake and Swan Lake were reported to have ice out. There should be a few more this week, especially after the wind and weather com [ … Read More … ]

3-8-16

It was a very quiet week of fishing in the Willmar Lakes Area. With the warmer weather and the wind, the ice on the lakes is deteriorating fast. Be careful and check the ice depth often when venturing out. Many of the smaller lakes are already seeing [ … Read More … ]

3-2-16

It’s been a very quiet week for ice fishing in the #WillmarLakesArea. The panfish are still quite active on most area lakes so now’s a good time to get a quiet ice fishing trip in. Crappies are very active on Diamond Lake and on Foot Lake near th [ … Read More … ]

2-23-16

The rain on Friday created a sloppy mess on the lakes, but by Saturday ice fishing was back to normal in the Willmar Lakes Area. Most lakes are still at the 15-20 inch range for ice. Reports came in of crappies being pulled from a number of lakes as [ … Read More … ]

2-16-16

The bite was a bit less active this last weekend with the cold snap, but as it warms up this week, we should see it pick up again. Anglers reported a strong midday crappie bite from Diamond Lake, Eagle Lake, Willmar Lake and Foot Lake as well as a fe [ … Read More … ]

2-9-16

Diamond Lake is quite popular right now, especially for some big crappies and a few sunfish and walleye. South Long Lake is creating a buzz for the big walleye being caught (22-30”) late at night along with some big sunfish. Solomon Lake also has r [ … Read More … ]

2-2-16

Fishing is excellent in the Willmar Lakes Area! Anglers are fishing every lake in the county and having great success, especially with northerns. Diamond Lake has been popular for crappies the last week and anglers are going to East Solomon Lake and [ … Read More … ]

1-26-16

Ice fishing was popular this last weekend with many anglers getting their fish houses out for the first time. The ice is averaging 12-15 inches on most area lakes, which isn’t necessarily thick enough for those heavy trucks yet. Be cautious while y [ … Read More … ]

1-20-16

Ice fishing has slowed a bit in the Willmar Lakes Area with the recent cold snap. However, that has created some much needed ice! Most lakes are averaging around 12 inches of ice as of Tuesday. Still not enough to drive a vehicle on safely, but we [ … Read More … ]

1-12-16

Not many folks out fishing these last few days with the cold weather. There are always the few brave ones though and they aren’t going home empty handed. Walleye are being pulled from Green Lake, Big Kandiyohi Lake, Lake Elizabeth, Diamond Lake, [ … Read More … ]

1-5-16

Ice fishing is picking up in the Willmar Lakes Area as the ice continues to grow. Currently the smaller lakes such as Big Kandiyohi Lake, Lake Elizabeth and Lake Wakanda have anywhere from 4-10 inches of ice. Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Lake Florida, L [ … Read More … ]

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