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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. .

Fishing to improve as temperatures drop

By George Langley

Autumn is definitely upon the North Woods and many anglers welcome these cooler morning and daytime temperatures. This is a great time of year for hunters and anglers, with many options for outdoor activities.

Early goose and bear seasons have been productive for some area hunters, and bow hunters are getting anxious for the archery deer season to open this weekend. Fishing has been somewhat inconsistent, but we will start to see fish entering their fall patterns now with the change in weather and cooling water temperature.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 2:39 PM
As the weeds die off, walleyes will head deep

By George Langley

Fall is in the air.  The lakes now have falling water temperatures (again) and it is starting to look like fall with the trees starting to change color along the roadsides and the ferns dying off. This is a great time of the year for fishing.
Water temperatures are back down to the high 60s and low 70s in the area, and falling. Weeds are also dying in the shallows in many lakes.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012 3:31 PM
Fishing to improve when temps drop

By George Langley

The warmer is not affecting the fishing at this point. We just hope that we don’t get anything up in the 90s.
Water temperatures for the most part are in the high 60s or low 70s throughout the area. This is about normal for this time of year. The weeds have started to die off in the shallows and water levels have been receding with pretty dry weather. We are starting to see some fall color and brown ferns along the roads where it is drier.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 2:31 PM
Fishing to improve with stable temps
By George Langley

The North Woods continues to have unusual weather, as it has been quite cool for this time of year. Does this mean an early fall or is Mother Nature fooling with us again?
Unusual weather brings unusual fishing, and we’ve had a quite unusual year so far. Most reports from the last week show anglers having a pretty tough time out there.
Lake levels are better than at this time for the last several years. Water temperatures are in the low 70s and even high 60s on some of the smaller lakes. Usually in August, the temperatures are at or near their high for the year, but not this year.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 3:22 PM
Patterns to change as water temps drop

By George Langley

Some more hints of fall, including cooler nights, have resulted in water temperatures dropping into the low 70s on many lakes.
This has taken the stress off the lakes prone to high-temperature fish kills. The fish have reacted to this drop in temperatures also, but this is not always good at first.
In addition, weeds have started to die off in many shallow areas on North Woods lakes.  If you look around when you are driving locally, you’ll see some starts of color on some of the trees and road ferns are getting brown. Fall is near.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 5:48 PM
Cooler weather drops water temps
By George Langley

The North Woods has had an early taste of fall with some cool mornings early this week (50 degrees Monday morning) and it sure felt good.
With this cooler weather and some rain, the water temperatures have dropped nicely. This came not a moment too soon, as the temperatures were getting high enough to cause some minor fish kills on some lakes. Those water temperatures are firmly down in the 70s and hopefully will not go up the rest of the year.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 6:27 PM
Rain showers bring water temps down
By George Langley

The recent rain that the North Woods experienced has brought the water temperatures from their summer highs in the low 80s down to the uppers 70s, and just in the nick of time.
On some of the larger lakes there have been reports of dead cisco due to the warm temperatures. Those water temperatures were really getting high until the rains, which also helped the low water levels a little.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 6:00 PM
Walleyes, muskies hitting best a night
By George Langley

With some more heat this week, the lakes are getting very high water temperatures — about as high as they get up here in the North Woods.
Lake levels are starting to decline with the lack of rain, but nothing like the southern part of the state. Weed growth is good now, with weeds right to the top on many lakes. It will only be a short while before they start to die off, beginning with the shallowest weeds first. If you haven’t noticed, the days are already starting to get shorter.
There is a pretty strong evening and night fishing pattern going on now, so it is a good plan to spend some evening and early morning time on the water. This also will avoid the worst of the heavy boat traffic and the heat during the daytime.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:23 PM
Hot weather pushes water temps into 80s
By George Langley

Wow, what hot and humid weather we have been experiencing in the last few weeks! The high temperatures hit 90 degrees the past week, making day-time fishing a real chore.
This hot weather has caused water temperatures to get up into the 80s. The hot weather also means most anglers are fishing either early or late in the day. Night fishing also can be productive.
Weed growth is really high now, with the weeds right to the surface on most lakes. With the general lack of rain (not as bad as down south), the lake levels are falling. Some of the seepage lakes are still low following below normal rainfall the past five years.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 2:59 PM
Fish move deeper with warm temps
By George Langley

Very hot midsummer weather has brought the water temperatures into the 80s on almost all lakes in the area. Even with some cooler rain, these hot conditions have kept the water temperatures up. As a result, most fish have moved to deeper water.
The overall conditions for water sports are great and, as a result, you will see a lot of activity on the water during the daytime. Many anglers have gone to early morning or evening fishing for comfort and to avoid the activity.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 2:58 PM

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