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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 4-13-21

The springtime open water panfish action is starting to heat up as anglers start to pull good numbers of crappie and sunfish from area lakes. For the best bite, look for the warmest waters where bait fish will be active. For now, the smaller, shallower lakes such as Calhoun, Elizabeth, East Solomon and Lillian should have the most active panfish. Stop by one of our area bait shops to stock up on bait and get the latest fishing stories. Anglers will want to start planning for the Minnesota Fishing Opener which takes…

Fishing Report for 4-6-21

All the lakes are now free of ice in the Willmar Lakes Area! Anglers continue to catch crappie in the shallows of Lake Andrew and Elkhorn Lake as well as by the culvert on Foot Lake. Nest Lake continues to put out crappie and sunfish under the bridge and in the bay. Lake Florida is also seeing active crappie near the dam. If you’re looking for active perch, head over to Big Kandiyohi Lake as reports of nice sized perch are starting to come in. Get your boats ready and…

Fishing Report for 3-30-21

The forecast calls for lots of sunshine this weekend, with highs in the 60s and 70s. Anglers are just starting to venture out onto open water as the ice disappears off the lakes. Nice sized crappies are being pulled from Florida, Norway and Games lakes as well as other panfish. As the weather warms up we should see more boats out on the lakes and get more reports of the fishing action taking place. To learn more about fishing in Minnesota and what kinds of fish you can catch in…

Fishing Report for 3-23-21

The ice fishing season has ended in the Willmar Lakes Area as anglers eagerly await ice outs. Heavy midweek rainfall and warm temperatures should lead to more open water angling opportunities by this weekend. So far it has been reported that the ice is out on Lake Lillian. The fishing season for crappies, sunnies, and perch is continuous so as the lakes open up, you’re sure to find some hungry fish. Fishing opener for walleye, northern pike and bass is May 15th. Book your hotel or resort stay now for…

Fishing Report for 3-9-21

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. The forecast calls for temperatures reaching 50 degrees throughout Minnesota on Saturday. Please consult with an area bait shop or resort for the most current conditions before traveling. Please note that ice conditions can change rapidly. Anglers must use extreme caution…

Fishing Report for 3-2-21

As of the past weekend, the lakes were still in good shape for ice travel, but with the current warm temperatures and the expected warm up this weekend, 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…

Fishing Report for 2-23-21

A variety of techniques are working well for panfish, including set lines with a minnow, jigging spoons with spikes or minnow heads, and tungsten jigs with spikes or waxworms. Most fish are coming from the deep basin areas, however, some are beginning to migrate into the shallows to spawn. Foot Lake and Diamond Lake have had the most active panfish and walleye as well the northeastern bay of South Long Lake between dusk and 2am. With continued warm temperatures, lake access has quickly become an issue. Be careful as you…

Fishing Report for 2-16-21

Anglers continue to take lots of nice fish despite the cold temperatures. Panfish action has been the most consistent lately when using waxworms or spikes on a small jig. Active jigging is key to catching the most crappie and anglers are finding them in 15-25 feet of water. It’s been harder to find active walleye this past week, but jigging spoons and minnow heads are proving to be the most successful. The bite should improve in the next week or so as the weather warms up a bit.

Fishing Report for 2-9-21

Fishermen are loving the thick ice right now in the Willmar Lakes Area! Anglers hungry for walleye are finding them in 25 feet depths on Eagle Lake with most success coming from using shiners. Norway, Games, Ringo, Diamond, Green and South Long lakes have been active with crappie, northern pike and sunfish using jigs tipped with wax worms. It’s the perfect time to pull out that warm fish house or rent one from area businesses to enjoy that ice fishing weekend we’ve been waiting for all season!

Fishing Report for 2-2-21

We’re finally building some good ice with the recent cold temperatures. Lakes can range between 12 and 24 inches of ice. Always be careful and check the ice depth as you head out and definitely before you drive across it. Stay clear of the aerators on the lakes as they can make the ice near there weaker. The fish aren’t as active as they were earlier in the season so you might have to move around on the lakes and change depths and lures until you find the right spot….

Fishing Report for 1-26-21

As of late last week, the ice remained roughly 12-18 inches thick on area lakes. While all species of fish are biting, panfish offer the hottest bite. Most anglers agree that low light hours have been best. Walleye anglers are doing well when working the edges of the weedlines at the tips of the points. The key is to stay on the move until fish are located, then aggressively jig spoons tipped with a minnow. Just a reminder, ice can vary in thickness from one area of a lake to…

Fishing Report for 1-21-21

Most area lakes have at least 12 inches of ice on them, but there are some weak spots. Always check the thickness as you head out. A truck went through the ice on Norway Lake this week. The crappie bite on Diamond Lake has slowed down a bit, but is still going strong on Foot Lake using a minnow as bait. For Northern pike and crappie action, head out to Florida, Games, Green and Norway lakes. Those looking for the walleye bite should try Ringo and Green lakes around dusk…