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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. .

All fish species hitting as holiday approaches
By George Langley

As we head toward fall and September, are seeing some colored ferns on the roadways and hints of color in some stressed trees. We always look forward to the prettiest season of the year, as it also produces some of the best fishing of the year.

Weeds are starting to die in the shallows, as the water temperatures are down in the 60s on most lakes. There is usually an edge to the early morning air, even on warm days. Panfish are still using these weeds for cover, but usually the deeper weeds.

With school getting ready to start across Wisconsin Sept. 2,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:03 AM
Weather roller coaster slows the fishing here
By Georgle Langley

The North Woods is on a weather roller coaster again, as the temperatures are up and down every three or four days and causing the water temperatures to do the same. This has a large effect on the fishing, as this inconsistency causes the fish to interrupt their feeding patterns.

The lake water levels have gone down a

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:08 AM
Climbing water temps helping muskie fishing
By George Langley

Now that fall is on the horizon, we finally have some consistent summer weather. It has been a little warm for mid-August, but very enjoyable outside with the mosquitoes down and the water temperatures up into the 70s.

Water conditions are great, although some lakes have developed some green algae bloom. Fishing has been, in general, very good for this time of year. After no rain last week, we could use some good rains for the water levels. Some of that rain came on Monday, but probably not enough.

Muskie action has been good in the area,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:57 AM
All species providing action in deep weeds
By George Langley

We’ve had both types of summer weather lately, rain and storms one day and some absolutely great weather the next day. It seems that August and September have brought us our warmest weather over the last couple of years, so we can expect some of that hot stuff in the next six weeks.

Many lakes are now showing us some algae blooms even though the water temperatures are not that warm. We have water temperatures in the low 70s through most of our region. That’s pretty chilly for this part of the country.

Water levels have stayed pretty high —

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:40 PM
Fish hitting well on most area lakes
By George Langley

It is hard to believe that we are heading for late summer already. We really haven’t had a big-time warm period this year, with only hints of warm weather for a week at the longest.

Things have dried out somewhat, even with the little rain lately. Water levels have held up well this year and the weeds have gotten to their maximum growth pretty much everywhere. The mosquitoes, while still present, are much more tolerable now. Water temperatures are now up into the low 70s.

Walleye fishing is pretty good now,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:51 AM
Fishing improving as lakes warm up
By George Langley

North Woods lakes saw an immediate rise in the water temperature since Sunday as warm, humid air moved into the Midwest.

The water temperatures finally climbed into the 70s and weed growth continues. While it has been windy on many days, fishing the downwind side of the lake can be especially productive for walleyes and northerns.

Walleye fishing is slow but improving because the mayfly

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:39 PM
Warmer temps needed to improve fishing here
George Langley

Cold temperatures and high wind, along with much lower water temperatures, have made this a very different summer for fishing, especially compared to last year.

Basically, it still feels like early June out on the water, with slow weed growth because of the low water temperatures. The water temperatures are in the 60s at this point, which is hard to believe for this time of year. Anglers can still find weeds on all lakes, but some are slow to come up and in some areas on the Chain the treatment for milfoil has kept them down.

The best part of the weather conditions

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:15 PM
Muskies heating up with warmer temps
By George Langley

Some absolutely fantastic weather surprised us on the July 4 weekend as the warmer weather was good for the water temperatures and for the fishing. We are now seeing a lot of people on the lakes, both fishing and enjoying other water sports.

Weed growth is getting better on the lakes, but still a little behind the norm. At this rate, it will catch up. The water levels are good; better than in years.

Muskie action is heating up a little,

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 3:00 PM
Weed growth climbs on most area lakes
By George Langley

Weekly rain has kept the lake levels high and the water temperatures from going up, with water temps in the high 60s throughout the area.

It is hard to believe we’re into July already, as this spring was so late in coming.  Weeds are starting to come up in most places and they are right to the surface on some lakes.

Water activity will be the highest of the year for the next two weeks, so be watchful when boating. Biting flies have hatched on the lakes, so take some repellent along.

Walleye action seems to have slowed,

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 11:23 AM
Warming water temps should help fishing
By George Langley

As we are now officially in summer, we need some more warming to increase the water temperatures. These recent cold fronts have stabilized the water temperatures, or even reduced them unexpectedly.

We would like to see some more weed growth, but know that will come with the warmer water temperatures. The lake levels are higher than last year, making many boat landings easier to use.

The lake flies have started to make their appearance,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:49 PM

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