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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 9-22-20

Fall fishing continues to improve, with many species feeding more aggressively. A jig or live bait rig tipped with a large minnow remains the most effective tactic. The walleye and crappie have moved off the weed edges and can now be found in 15-25 feet of water. Largemouth bass are active off the weed edges and in the pencil reeds. And anglers report that the northern pike are very aggressive in depths of 8-15 feet. Don’t miss out on the great fall fishing and beautiful fall color show!

Fishing Report for 9-8-20

Fishing is sure heating up in the Willmar Lakes Area as the water temperatures start to cool. Walleye have been active between 5:30-7:30pm on Ringo, Green and Eagle lakes. Jigs and rigs tipped with minnows and night crawlers are starting to turn the majority of fish. Crappie are biting on Long Lake in 15 feet of water and should soon be biting on Foot Lake near the culverts by the fairgrounds. Big Kandiyohi Lake has been busy with active perch on the northeast side of the lake. Anglers have been…

Fishing Report for 8-25-20

Lately, walleye anglers are having success in the deeper waters and at the shallow weedlines. In the deeper waters, try jigs or live bait rigs tipped with large minnows. Near the shallow weeds, try nightcrawlers or leeches for a variety of fish. Trolling crank baits at night has also been good for walleye. Northern pike are being caught by anglers casting or trolling spinner baits over the tops of the weed flats in 6-12 foot depths. The panfish are still very active and can be easily found by trolling the…

Fishing Report for 8-18-20

Willmar Lakes Area fishing is picking up a bit lately. Those searching for walleye should fish during the first two hours and last two hours of the day when they are the most active. 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 25 feet from Green Lake near the Castle flats. Other lakes to try for walleye would be Eagle, Foot and Long in the 10-20 foot depths. Northern pike anglers continue…

Fishing Report for 8-11-20

Summer fishing patterns are holding strong for many species of fish in the Willmar Lakes Area. As water temperatures drop, the bite should heat up. For now, concentrate on the weedlines to find the most active daytime walleye. Anglers utilizing crank baits or jigs with crawlers in 10-15 feet of water are seeing the most action. Many walleye are also being caught at night while trolling. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite has been excellent on many area lakes in the 15-20 foot depths. Northern pike remain fairly deep, responding…

Fishing Report for 8-4-20

Walleye action remains very good in many areas of the county. Anglers are taking nice numbers of walleye from the outside edge of the thick weed beds in 10-30 feet of water. Spinner rigs and live bait rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are turning the majority of fish. Lots of bass, panfish, and northern pike are also being reported. Water temperatures are at or near peak summer highs so oxygen levels are reduced and fish are much more vulnerable. Please come prepared with the right equipment to quickly unhook…

Fishing Report for 7-28-20

Anglers continue to take good numbers of walleye from the outside edge of the weed beds in roughly 12-30 feet of water. Spinner rigs and live bait rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are turning the most walleye. Lots of bass, panfish, and northern pike are also being pulled from the deeper weed edges and shady shoreline areas. Popular lakes this week were Eagle, Calhoun, Willmar, Big Kandiyohi, Green and Norway. Please remember that water temperatures are at or near peak summer highs, so oxygen levels are reduced and fish…

Fishing Report for 7-21-20

Although the dead of summer can bring on a lull in fishing, anglers continue to report active fish on area lakes. The walleye bite has been fair to good for anglers trolling harnesses along the weed edges, with some deeper fish on the rocks responding to live bait rigs and snap-jigging. A consistent night bite is being reported along the weedlines. Northern pike remain very aggressive along the shoreline breaks. The crappie and sunfish continue to bite on spinner rigs and jigs with plastics worked over the weeds in 9-15…

Fishing Report for 7-14-20

Walleye action has been good for anglers using bottom bouncers and crawlers in the 15-25 foot depths and in the early mornings and late evenings. Anglers are also doing well trolling shad raps through 10-15 feet of water over the large flats during evening hours. Bass and northern pike action remains strong, especially at the deeper weeds holding baitfish. Jigs and plastics have proven to be the most successful for these fish. The crappies have been aggressive, hitting spinner rigs and jigs with plastics worked over weeds in 9-15 feet…

Fishing Report for 7-7-20

Summer fishing is heating up in the Willmar Lakes Area with anglers reporting lots of action on a variety of lakes. Most fish have moved toward cooler, deeper waters so anglers fishing from a boat are having the most success. Those in search of walleye are finding them in the 10-15 foot depths on Eagle, Ringo, Big Kandiyohi and Diamond lakes. Most success has come from using leeches or nightcrawlers on spinner rigs or lindy rigs. Sunfish continue to be pulled from Lake Calhoun and northern pike have been eager…

Fishing Report for 6-23-20

As the lakes warmed up, the fish have changed to their summer patterns. You’ll find a lot of babies and smaller fish along the shorelines as the bigger fish have moved out deeper. Look towards the deep weed edges for panfish as they like to hide in structure. The crappie bite has increased with active fish found in depths of 8-14 feet. Northern pike are active in 10-14 feet of water using large lures. The best depths for walleye vary, with some coming from 8-18 feet of water, and others…

Fishing Report for 6-16-20

The wind has tampered with the ability to fish the past week. Those that have been out are still catching walleye and crappie on Big Kandiyohi, Willmar, and Foot lakes using nightcrawlers on a spinner rig. Larger sized northerns have been pulled from Norway Lake. Panfish and walleye continue to be pulled from Green Lake usually in the evening hours. A new bait that’s been out-fishing the regular night crawlers 3 to 1 is green night crawlers. You can find these at Runnings in Willmar.