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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 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…

Fishing Report for 8-2-22

The weather is perfect for a day, a night, or a weekend of fishing in the Willmar Lakes Area! Green Lake is giving up walleye in the 20-35 foot range in the early morning and evening hours and sunfish in the 4-10 foot range. Eagle and Diamond Lake are also producing active walleye and bass in the 6-15 foot range. Spinner rigs and live bait rigs with leeches or crawlers seem to be working best but a few walleye are also being taken on jigs and minnows. Crappie action has…

Fishing Report for 7-26-22

Many anglers are reporting a variety of fish being pulled from the shallows this week. Anglers with the most success are using live bait rigs, plastic jigs and “moving baits” like topwater lures. Eagle Lake and Sunburg Lake have had active walleye and bass in 10-15 feet of water, while Diamond Lake has seen more active walleye and northern pike around the 20 foot depth. Walleye anglers should also try Andrew, Green, and Solomon lakes while using leeches, crawlers and chubs. Panfish are active on most area lakes especially in…

Fishing Report for 7-12-22

The fish have moved into their summer locations by now so anglers are encouraged to stay mobile until a group of fish is located. Crawlers and leeches on live bait rigs are turning the majority of fish in waters ranging from 8-20 feet deep. Crappies can be found suspended over deep water and along the weedlines. Large bass are coming from the shady areas under docks and overhanging trees and along the deep weedlines. Anglers have found walleye in the shallows while pulling plugs in the evenings on Green Lake…

How to Catch Walleye, Minnesota’s State Fish

Joe Albert, from Explore Minnesota, has written a great article about how to catch walleye in Minnesota. It goes over how widespread walleyes are across the state and how they’re not always that easy to catch. He shares a little bit about the seasonal patterns of the walleye and then he gives a variety of tips and tactics for catching walleye. At the end he shares the best lakes in Minnesota to catch walleye including Green Lake in Spicer. Click here to read the full article on the Explore Minnesota…

Fishing Report for 6-28-22

We are looking forward to a great 4th of July weekend full of fishing and lots of fun community events! Go to our Community Calendar to find out what’s all happening this weekend! As far as fishing goes, it’s a great time to catch that summer meal of fish! Fish are moving out of the shallows and transitioning to early summer patterns. Look towards the deep weed edges for panfish as they like to hide in structure. Fish near weeds are susceptible to jig minnow combinations and leeches under a…

“No wake zone” lifted from Lake George 6-21-22

The final “no wake” restriction in Kandiyohi County has been lifted. Restrictions were placed on several lakes after heavy rains in May raised lake and stream levels. The restrictions were lifted on all but Lake George last week, and now that restriction has been lifted by Kandiyohi County Sheriff Eric Holien.

No Wake Restriction Updates – 6-10-22

Kandiyohi County Sheriff Eric Holien lifted no wake restrictions in Kandiyohi County except George Lake. On George Lake no wake restrictions will remain in force within 500 feet of shore.

Fishing Report for 6-8-22

As the water temperatures rise, the fishing action does as well in the Willmar Lakes Area! Water temperatures are well over 65 degrees in area lakes, causing many species of fish to begin their transition from spring to summer patterns. Walleye are starting to lose interest in minnows so try jigs and live bait rigs tipped with leeches and crawlers instead. The most active walleye have been found on Solomon, South Long, Willmar, Foot and Ringo lakes. Bass and northern pike have been very active on most area lakes. Sunfish…

Fishing Report for 6-1-22

It was another great week of fishing action in the Willmar Lakes Area! Anglers on Diamond Lake were pulling nice sized northerns and walleye from the 12-15 foot depths with blue colored crankbaits & daredevils. The most active time was after 4pm. Large sunfish have also been pulled using leeches in the shallows. When fishing Diamond Lake, make sure to stop and pick up your bait at Diamond Lake Resort. Anglers are also pulling up walleye as they troll with bottom bouncers and leeches on Long Lake. Active panfish are…

Fishing Report for 5-24-22

The spring fishing frenzy has arrived in the Willmar Lakes Area! The walleye and crappie are starting to be more active in the shallows on Willmar, Foot, Andrew, and Eagle lakes. Other lakes that had great walleye action included Long, Big Kandiyohi, West Norway, Ringo and Green. Stay near the shallows and use jigs tipped with minnows during the early morning or late evening hours for your best bet on those walleye. Anglers are pulling nice sized crappie from Green Lake around that 12 foot depth, while panfish continue to…

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.