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Fishing Report for 7-9-19

It's going to be a great weekend to go fishing! You'll find walleye on the northeast end of Eagle Lake in about 15 feet of water. Crappie have been hanging around the 20 foot depth during the day and closer to the shallows at night. If you're looking [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 7-2-19

Hopefully the rain holds out so we can have a great 4th of July weekend full of fishing! Use a jig tipped with a night crawler in about 14 feet of water to find the walleye on Eagle Lake. Fish in the early morning and late evening to find the walleye [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 6-25-19

The summertime fishing frenzy has begun in the Willmar Lakes Area. Fish are biting everywhere! Eagle Lake is the number one lake to try this week as anglers have been pulling walleye, largemouth bass, northern pike, sunfish and perch. As even the big [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 6-18-19

The fish continue to bite in the Willmar Lakes Area. Active walleye were found in the 14-15 foot depth on Andrew, Florida, Big Kandiyohi and Foot lakes. Bass have been very active on Foot and Eagle lakes as well. If you're in the mood to search for s [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 6-11-19

The summer fishing frenzy has begun in the Willmar Lakes Area. Panfish are biting everywhere, especially on Foot, Big Kandiyohi and Green lakes. Look for walleye near the shallows in Long, Ringo, Norway and Foot lakes.They respond well when using jig [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 6-4-19

It’s a great time to be fishing in the Willmar Lakes Area! Fish are biting just about everywhere. Anglers are pulling up walleye as they troll with bottom bouncers and leeches on Long Lake. Panfish are still active under the bridge and in the bays [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 5-28-19

Anglers are pulling nice sized crappie from Green Lake around that 12 foot depth, while panfish continue to stay active on Foot, Nest, Calhoun, and Ringo lakes using night-crawlers. Those in search of walleye should try Long, Ringo, Eagle, Minnetaga [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 5-21-19

The spring fishing frenzy is almost here as more lakes are heating up. Norway Lake is still putting out walleye and crappie, while East Solomon Lake and Nest Lake continue to put out panfish. The walleye and crappie are starting to be more active in [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 5-14-19

The fish are hungry in the Willmar Lakes Area! Anglers are pulling walleye from roughly 14 feet of water in Diamond Lake. Other active walleye lakes to try would be Ringo, East Solomon, Long, Big Kandiyohi and Foot. Crappie and sunfish continue to bi [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 5-7-19

Anglers are still finding active crappie in the Nest Lake bay, Lake Andrew, and Lake Florida. Sunfish and crappie are being pulled from Foot Lake near the culvert. When looking for walleye this weekend, stick to the shallow lakes such as Calhoun, Eas [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 4-30-19

All the lakes are now free of ice in the Willmar Lakes Area! Anglers continue to catch crappie in the shallows of Lake Andrew and Elkhorn Lake as well as by the culvert on Foot Lake. Nest Lake continues to put out crappie and sunfish under the bridge [ … Read More … ]

Fishing Report for 4-23-19

Almost all of the area lakes are free of ice; only Green Lake still has some on it. A lot of active panfish are being found near the bay on Elkhorn Lake, by the culvert and race track on Foot Lake, and under the bridge and near the bay on Nest Lake. [ … Read More … ]

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 … ]

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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