Anglers venturing out for first ice opportunities on lakes in Kandiyohi County

Anglers are venturing out on foot to enjoy early season ice fishing opportunities on lakes in the Willmar area.

Anglers are venturing out to enjoy some of the season’s first ice fishing in Kandiyohi County.
While caution is always a must, there are reports of four inches of good, solid ice on some of the area’s larger lakes. It’s adequate for foot traffic, but not strong enough for four-wheelers or other vehicles.
The best ice is found on the area’s larger lakes, such as Green, Diamond, Nest and Eagle, according to Brad Foshaug, Brad’s 71 Bait, Willmar.
He said earlier this week that anglers are reporting the ice on some of the shallow, prairie lakes is questionable. He advises staying to the larger lakes where the ice formed after last weekend’s heavy snowfall.
As to be expected, anglers are tight-lipped about the fishing, but it’s not hard to figure out. “I’d say the fish are biting,’’ said Foshaug, who added that he was kept busy filling the bait buckets of anglers.
As conditions can always change, it’s always a good idea to check ahead with your favorite bait shop for information on ice conditions and where the fish are biting.
The Minnesota DNR offers these ice safety guidelines:
4 inches for walking
5 inches for snowmobile or ATV
8-12 inches for car
12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck