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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. .

Area walleye anglers deal with mayfly hatch
By George Langley

Walleye anglers must deal with the annual mayfly hatch and a change in fishing patterns.

Meanwhile, rain and some cooler weather have caused the water temperatures to drop a little, which was kind of a surprise for mid June. This might extend the smallmouth bass spawn a little, along with the bluegill spawn.

The rain, however, was another boost for the lake levels, which have now improved significantly on most lakes over the last few years. This is great to see, as the landings are much easier to use.

The mosquito problem abated a little,

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:15 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:16 AM )
Walleyes being caught in weeds on most lakes
By George Langley

Once again we can say that we are being blessed with absolutely great weather for this time of year. It is a little dry, but we have had enough rain to get things really green.

The high water this spring followed by warm temperatures after Memorial Day weekend led to lots of   mosquitoes. Take repellant along, whatever you are doing outside.

Lake levels remain good, especially when compared with the last five years or so.

Most fish are done spawning,

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 2:33 PM
Walleyes head for weeds, northerns also hitting
By George Langley

An absolutely incredible string of nice days has been interrupted by some rain, but even that is welcome now. A very warm end of May was just what we needed to get those water temperatures up to normal. There’s only one fly in that ointment — mosquitoes — and lots of them. Take repellant along anywhere outside or you will be driven absolutely crazy by them.

Water levels are pretty good now after that extreme winter with all its snow. Many of the spring flowers are in bloom and the woods are beautiful at this time of year. The water is still a little cool, but warm enough to swim in. Fishing in general has reflected the weather,

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:18 AM
Walleyes moving to new weed areas
By George Langley

A massive change in the weather has made life worth living in the last week, with an absolutely beautiful weekend over the Memorial Day holiday.

Water temperatures are now up in the 60s on a lot of area lakes and weeds are starting to grow nicely throughout the area.

A huge number of people were up last weekend

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:56 PM
Warmer water temps improving fishing here
By George Langley

Now that we have finally received some decent weather (and good forecasts) we are solidly into good spring fishing patterns. This is great and well deserved after a horrible winter and spring.

Water levels are much improved for everyone and the water temperatures are now rising up there toward normal levels for this time of the year. We expect to see those water temperatures climb into the mid to upper 50s by the weekend. People are finally starting to really enjoy being out there.

The upcoming Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:41 AM
Fishing conditions improve since opener
By George Langley

A very cold and icy opening weekend turned into a nice second weekend, with almost all lakes ice-free due to warmer weather and a thunderstorm that rolled through last week. What a nice change of pace for anglers.

Water levels are high — much higher than the last five years or so. There are a lot of anglers out there enjoying some really nice conditions and also catching some fish.

With even more rain Monday, things are now starting to turn green and almost normal for this time of year. What a change from just two weeks ago!

Water temperatures started last week in the 30s,

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:04 AM
This weekend expected to be more like opener
By George Langley

It was somewhat of a lackluster opening weekend last Saturday and Sunday as the lake ice and the weather didn’t cooperate well.

We really think that this weekend will be much more like a normal opener. Let’s get the temperatures and the wind up, as that wind will move the ice floes around and break them up.

Other than the rivers and parts of a few lakes, nothing was really open for fishing last weekend. Because of that, the number of anglers was held to a minimum, especially for an opening weekend.

We experienced large number of calls at Eagle Sports

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 10:00 AM
Fishing the rivers best option for opener
By George Langley

Well, opening day is on the way and what an unusual opener it will be again this year. It appears it will be a repeat of last year, with very few open-water opportunities.

The Wisconsin River will be a busy place again  on Saturday, as it gives anglers about the only open-water spot in the area. This fishing can be very good at times for nice walleye. The Wisconsin River is quite high at this point and will be difficult to fish. It will get the heaviest pressure this weekend, however, because it is one of the only games in town.

There is a small chance of some spots

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:25 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:26 AM )
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 )

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