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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

No Wake Restriction Issued for Kandiyohi County Lakes – 5-17-22

Kandiyohi County Sheriff Eric Holien issued a no wake restriction within 500 feet of shore for Big Kandiyohi Lake, Diamond Lake, Foot Lake, George Lake, Green Lake, and Nest Lake. With the increased boating there is a potential to cause damage along the shore lines. With the recent rain falls and anticipated rain we will continue to monitor and additional no wake restriction maybe added.

West Central Tribune Article – Southern Minnesota waters hold very good populations of walleye

West Central Tribune Article By Tom Cherveny May 12, 2022 Prairie Gold: Southern Minnesota waters hold very good populations of walleye There are plenty of walleye to be found in the waters of southern Minnesota. Advances in genetic “fingerprinting” are allowing fisheries managers to go local and stock the walleye strains best adapted for these waters. WILLMAR — For many walleye anglers, the compass always points north to destinations from Mille Lacs to Lake of the Woods. Staying close to home in the Spicer and Willmar area, or venturing south…

Fishing Report for 5-10-22

Anglers are catching crappie and sunfish under the bridge and in the bay of Nest Lake as well as from Foot Lake near the culvert. Active panfish are also being pulled from the shallows of Point, Andrew, Diamond, Elkhorn, and Eagle lakes. Lake Florida is also seeing active crappie near the dam. Stick near the shallow water and the northern and western sides of the lakes for the warmer water temperatures and the best action. If you’re looking for active perch, head over to Big Kandiyohi Lake as reports of…

Fishing Report for 5-3-22

Few fishing reports are available as most anglers stay ashore, preparing their rigs, gear and boats for the Minnesota Fishing Opener on May 14. Will your favorite lake by free of ice by the opener? This Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, enjoy a day out on the water with your mom during Take a Mom Fishing Weekend! This summer, anglers can participate in a fun fishing tournament and support a worthy cause! The virtual Hook, Line & Shelter Fishing Tournament is open to anglers on any Minnesota lake across seven fish categories…

Fishing Report for 4-26-22

Areas of open water are expanding in the Willmar Lakes Area. Ice is piling up at the shorelines and islands.

Fishing Report for 4-5-22

Minnesota lakes continue their transformation with more ice giving way to open water each day. During this interim phase, prepare for Minnesota’s Fishing Opener by inspecting your tackle, rods and reels, PFDs, boats and trailers to make sure all is in order by May 14! (Info from Explore Minnesota) And don’t forget to purchase your new 2022 Fishing License if you haven’t done that yet. Purchase online by clicking here. Order the New Minnesota Fishing Guide by Clicking Here

Fishing Report for 3-22-22

Few fishing reports are available as anglers put away their ice fishing gear and wait for the open water season to begin. While the late ice panfish bite has been very good, the warm temperatures and strong sunshine have taken a toll on the ice, making lake access difficult. Please consult with an area bait shop or resort for the most current conditions before traveling. Anglers need to be extremely cautious on and around the ice since conditions can change rapidly, sometimes in a matter of hours. Anyone considering one…

Fishing Report for 3-8-22

As of the past weekend, the lakes were still in good shape for ice travel, but with the current warm temperatures and the expected warmer weather, ice will rapidly deteriorate. Anglers should expect ATV travel and walking to be the only ways to get out on the ice. Just a reminder to check ice thickness often since conditions can vary widely, even on the same body of water. With the warm up, panfish have been very eager to bite, especially on Foot, Elkhorn, Diamond and Calhoun lakes. Panfish will soon…

Fishing Report for 2-22-22

Anglers continue to take nice numbers of perch and some walleye on spoons tipped with whole minnows, minnow heads or plastics. Lots of fast northern pike action is also being reported throughout the area. Low light hours remain best. The weather should be very nice this weekend – head out for a final walleye fishing trip this winter as the walleye season wraps up this Sunday, Feb. 27th. Minnesota fishing licenses for 2021 expire on Monday, Feb. 28. All 2022 fishing licenses become effective Tuesday, March 1. Learn more. Minnesota…

Fishing Report for 2-11-22

The bite is improving as the month progresses. Anglers report that the panfish bite has really taken off, and there has been an increase in walleye numbers. Additional daylight and warmer temperatures seem to have revived the fish and led to more angling hours on the lakes. Small jigs and spoons tipped with a minnow, waxworms or plastics continue to produce the majority of fish. Frequent high winds, snowfall and subsequent drifts have made travel off the ice roads difficult on some lakes. Anglers are asked to drive slowly on…

Fishing Report for 2-2-22

The walleye bite has slowed a bit so many anglers have turned their attention to the hot panfish bite. The most successful anglers drill lots of holes away from the crowds, stay mobile and hole-hop until an active school of fish is located. Downsizing your presentation can be very helpful this time of year. Low light hours continue to be best for active fish. Panfish offer the hottest bite with lots of jumbo perch taken by anglers using small jigs or spoons tipped with a minnow. Crappies can still be…

Fishing Report for 1-20-22

Area lakes have an average of 16-19 inches of ice on them after last week’s cold spell. 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 East Solomon lakes. Big Kandiyohi Lake is still putting out walleye and jumbo perch. Crappie have slowed a bit, but can still be found on Foot, Nest, and Eagle lakes. When searching for Northern pike, try Nest Lake…