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, Elkhorn and George lakes. While the ice remains thick on most lakes, anglers are advised that warm temperatures are taking a toll on ice conditions. According to the Minnesota DNR, ice that has thawed and refrozen is only half as strong as new ice. The DNR recommends checking the ice every foot or two when walking out, and if the ice is unstable or slushy near shore, don’t head out. Take time to review the DNR’s Ice Safety Guidelines and General Ice Thickness Guidelines.
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