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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 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
Fish patterns change as water temps rise
By George Langley

There are now midsummer conditions out on the lakes, as the water temperatures have gone up solidly into the 70s, or even the 80s on a few lakes in the area.
Weed growth is substantial, but weeds are still hard to find in some areas on the Chain. Everything there has really changed because of the Eurasian water milfoil abatement program.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012 4:11 PM
Most fish species in summer pattern
By George Langley

As anglers enter the midsummer period, things look pretty good for some nice fishing in general out there. The weeds are now growing to the surface in many places and providing nice cover for fish, not to mention feeding points for the bigger predator fish.
Water temperatures are in the 70s for the most part, just becoming comfortable for swimmers. The North Woods has received a lot of rain lately, so some of the lake levels are on the rise. Expect a mosquito hatch because of the rain, and take some repellent along. Lake flies also have been present.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:37 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:38 PM )
Mayfly hatch slows walleye fishing here
By George Langley

The North Woods had some good amounts of rain lately, which hasn’t really helped the water levels on area lakes, but certainly has made things a lot greener out there.

Weed growth on the lakes is getting much better, and is now right to the surface in shallower water. That type of weed growth is perfect for largemouth bass. Lake flies are now abundant, so remember to take repellent along when fishing. Water temperatures are now in the high 60s to the 70s; they dropped during that cold front and are just now recovering.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:54 PM

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