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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. .

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 )
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
Warm followed by cold helping lake surfaces
By George Langley

A little warm weather last week followed by some really cold nights actually improved conditions on area lakes last weekend.

The lake surface developed a hard, crusty layer on top of the snow, making it easy to walk around on most lakes. However, more snow and another warm spell may change conditions out there by this weekend. Anglers assume the worst is behind them now,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:58 AM

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