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Fishing is a great opportunity for recreation in Kandiyohi County for locals and visitors alike. With so many lakes, ponds, streams and the Crow River, the opportunities for angling enthusiasts are nearly endless.

Game fish found in Kandiyohi County Lakes include Sunfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Northern Pike making the Willmar Lakes Area a popular Minnesota fishing destination.

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Fishing Reports

Fishing Report for 11-15-22

Few reports have been available as anglers await ice fishing season. Those that have ventured out have been catching crappie and perch on Long Lake, Eagle Lake and Lake Florida.

Fishing Report for 11-8-22

Few reports are available as anglers put away their boats and wait for the upcoming ice fishing season to begin. Anglers that continue to venture are having success with walleye, crappies, perch, northern pike and muskie. Jigs with minnows remain the best tactic; for panfish, use ice fishing jigs. Anyone heading out this weekend should be prepared to launch their boats without access to public docks. Please remember that water temperatures are very cold on most Minnesota waters. It is extremely important to wear a life jacket when out on…

Fishing Report for 11-1-22

Few reports are available as anglers put away their boats and wait for the ice fishing season to begin. Walleye anglers that continue to venture out are having success using jigs and minnows, especially during morning and late afternoon hours. Cooler temperatures late this week will push fish towards their winter locations. For the most action, use a jig and minnow in ice fishing hot spots. Anglers will want to bring along some waders or rubber boots since docks are being removed from public water accesses.

Fishing Report for 10-27-22

Not as many anglers have been out on the lakes lately as many put away their boats for the season. Anglers that continue to venture out are taking nice numbers of walleye and crappie. A live bait rig or jig tipped with a large minnow remains best for the walleye, especially during afternoon hours when the waters are warmest. Crappie anglers are having the most success when using a jigging presentation. Northern pike remain active in the bays and along the shorelines. Trolled crank baits continue to work well. The…

Fishing Report for 10-20-22

Fish remain in their fall feeding frenzy and are eager to bite, especially from mid-morning to late afternoon when the water has had a chance to warm. Jigs or spinners tipped with a sucker minnow or a fathead should catch the most fish. Walleye anglers are finding walleye in the shallows on Minnetaga Lake, Big Kandiyohi Lake, Lake Florida and Lake Lillian. Shore anglers are having success when using shallow-running stick baits. Slow presentations are the key this time of year. Other lakes to try this week would be Green,…

Fishing Report for 10-5-22

Fall fishing remains excellent on many area lakes, especially from mid-morning to late afternoon when the water has had a chance to warm. Walleye anglers continue to take the majority of fish with jigs and fathead minnows. Look for crappie and walleye in the 15 foot depth or along the weedlines on Diamond, Big Kandiyohi, Green, Norway, Florida and Eagle lakes. Slowing down your live bait rigs from traditional summer speeds should increase your catch rates. The bass are in their full fall patterns and tend to be more active…

Fishing Report for 9-27-22

The lakes have cooled in the Willmar Lakes Area and the fish are biting! Active walleye are being pulled from Ringo, Norway and Solomon lakes around the ten foot depth and near the green weedlines. With the cooler temperatures, this would be the week to switch over to jigs or live bait rigs tipped with creek chubs or larger minnows as they have been the most successful. Northern pike have also been eager to bite in the 5-10 foot depths and along the weedlines. The bass are holding in the…

Fishing Report for 9-20-22

The water temperatures have started to drop with this fall-like weather moving into the area making the fish more eager to bite. Lake Florida has been pretty active lately with walleye, northern pike and panfish biting by the dam. A variety of baits and techniques are working well for walleye anglers but it won’t be long until jigs and minnows are the most effective presentation. The walleye and panfish have also been active in the early evenings on Andrew and Norway lakes with panfish responding well to crappie minnows. Eagle…

Fishing Report for 9-6-22

Fishing is sure heating up in the Willmar Lakes Area as the water temperatures start to cool. Walleye have been active in the early evenings on Long, Ringo, Big Kandiyohi, and Green lakes in the 18-25′ depths. Jigs and rigs tipped with minnows and night crawlers as well as flicker shads are turning the majority of fish. Crappie are biting on Long Lake in 15 feet of water and on Norway Lake in the morning hours. Anglers have been catching sunfish in 12-18 feet of water on Lake Andrew and…

Fishing Report for 8-30-22

Enjoy some excellent late summer fishing in the Willmar Lakes Area! Panfish are still quite active on most area lakes. Northern, crappie and sunfish are being pulled from Diamond, Norway, Eagle and Nest lakes in the shallows. Green Lake has produced some nice sized sunfish in the shallows and walleye in the 25-35 foot depths. Trolling in the early evening seems to work best. Anglers have found active walleye in six feet of water in Long Lake as well. Other lakes to try for walleye this time of year are…

Fishing Report for 8-23-22

While the walleye bite has slowed a bit, nice numbers of fish are being taken during the first two hours and last two hours of the day. Trolling shad raps and dragging lindy rigs tipped with crawlers or minnows has worked well for many anglers. Walleye are being pulled from a depth of 15-25 feet from Green Lake near the Castle flats. Other lakes to try for walleye would be Eagle, Foot, Elkhorn, Ringo and South Long in the 10-20 foot depths. Northern pike are being caught by anglers casting…

Fishing Report for 8-10-22

Summer fishing patterns are holding strong for many species of fish in the Willmar Lakes Area. As water temperatures begin to drop, the bite should heat up. For now, concentrate on the weedlines to find the most active fish. Anglers utilizing a small jig or spinner rig tipped with a night crawler in 10-15 feet of water are seeing the most action. Stay on the move until you locate fish. Many walleye are also being caught at night while trolling in 18-35 feet in Green, Eagle, and Diamond lakes. The…