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George Langley

Fishing with the Guides

George Langley has been a fishing guide and businessman
in the North Woods for more than 40 years.
He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Anglers still trying for crappies, ’gills
By George Langley

The lakes still have ice, just like last year at this time. But be careful if you are out fishing as there are places where it is not completely safe to get around.

When it comes to  lake ice, so much depends on the weather at this time of year. The sun is strong. It has burned the ice away from the shorelines on many lakes. I’ve seen a number of lakes with some black spots where there is either current, springs or places where there are numerous holes placed by ice fishermen that are signs of really bad ice.

The ice will stay through the opener on most lakes,

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:05 AM
Ice-out gets delayed with more snow, cold
By George Langley

It’s Easter week on the calendar, but it sure doesn’t look like spring on the lakes.

We got rid of a lot of snow last week, but the North Woods received another three inches of snow Sunday night and Monday morning. While there was some melting of the snow and crust on top of the ice, we still have some slush to deal with when walking around out there.

We will need warmer than normal

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:55 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:55 PM )
Warm, spring temps should help anglers
By George Langley

More winter weather slowed the process of the spring melt considerably last week, but the good thing is that the forecast looks to be the best of the spring so far.

We need a lot of melting to have even the slightest chance for open water opening day, May 3. Time is starting to run out.

Meanwhile, for those of you who are going to try to get out,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:46 AM
Late ice panfishing finally arrives in North
By George Langley

Recent warm weather has changed conditions on the lakes over the past week. Some of the slushy spots that froze up during our cold spell in March have now softened up again, making travel on the ice more difficult in spots.

We had reports of anglers driving snowmobiles and trucks on many North Woods lakes over the weekend, but getting stuck in the slush is once again a concern out there. With no major cool-down or warm-up in the forecast, these slushy conditions are likely to stay for the time being.

Bluegill activity has been decent on

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 10:19 AM
Conditions on lakes improving for anglers
By George Langley

The conditions on area lakes are finally pretty decent, as there is not as much slush or deep snow out there as anglers saw most of the winter.

We are starting to see a few anglers driving trucks on some area lakes, but most people are heading out on snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and by foot. Still be careful, as there are slush pockets on some lakes.

The cold weather, as usual this winter,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:40 AM

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