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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. .

Walleyes moving toward leech bite
By George Langley

With the weather warmer than normal the past week with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s, summer is definitely here.
Weed growth is improving, and the weeds are now high enough to provide some nice cover for fish on all area lakes. We are beginning to see more “tubers” and water skiers, as the water temperatures are now in the 70s.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:48 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:49 PM )
It’s a great time to be fishing here
By George Langley

Wonderful weather for our late spring period is bringing out fishermen in droves now. This is as good as it gets, although we could use some more rain at this point.
The weeds are coming up nicely after a slow start, and the only fish left in numbers on the spawning beds are bass and bluegills. The lake insects are out now. There are some repellants that work very well for these flies and other bugs, and they are worth getting if you are going to wear shorts and T-shirts on the lake.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012 2:41 PM
Most species hitting due to nice weather
By George Langley

Memorial Day weekend provided great fishing action throughout the area, as most anglers caught their target fish in good numbers.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good. The fish have completely recovered from the spawning process and are feeding now with some abandon. Jigs and minnows remain the bait of preference, but some anglers are using leeches. When walleye fishing during the daytime, just look for weeds.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 6:47 PM
Water temps on rise should help fishing
By George Langley

Warmer weather is speeding the spawning process of all the fish that are presently on the shorelines and should make for some excellent fishing Memorial Day weekend. With the water temperatures rising on a daily basis,  it bodes well for “normal” fishing this summer. The North Woods needs rain, however, and a lot of it. Water levels are again receding throughout the area.
Look for water temperatures in the 60s, though on some of the warmer days water temps could even get into the 70s in bays. There is now better weed growth starting in shallow water. On the clear lakes, anglers are starting to report some deeper weed growth.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 2:57 PM
Warm temperatures mean hot fishing
By George Langley

Quickly increasing water temperatures are bringing about some nice changes in fishing, with lots of fish changing their patterns as it warms. This is great weather, but the North also could use some rain soon, as the water level remains low on some lakes.
Expect to find water temperatures in the 60s on many lakes as the sun warms things nicely at this time of year. What a great time of the year — almost all species of fish are hitting now and anglers are experiencing some of the best crappie and bass fishing of the spring.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 2:58 PM
Weed growth will help walleye fishing here
By George Langley

The fishing opener has come and gone. The Saturday part of opening weekend of the general fishing season was pretty good, with reports of a fair amount of decent walleye fishing in the area.
Sunday, as anglers know, was awful with rain, wind and cold temperatures most of the day.
It’s another temperature roller coaster on area lakes as the water temperatures were solidly in the 50s before the cold rain that fell on Sunday. The rain dropped the water temperatures by at least five degrees, and fish

Tuesday, May 08, 2012 3:03 PM
Opener finally arrives following early ice-out
By George Langley

Opening weekend — it’s the fishing weekend anglers anticipate throughout the winter and early spring, especially in a year when there was an early ice-out on lakes across the North Woods.
At this time, it looks like the weather is going to cooperate, unlike last year when it was very wet and cold. It is going to be interesting to find fish, as the walleye spawn was extended for several weeks due to the early ice-out in mid-March and cold temperatures in April.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 5:51 PM
Inconsistent weather tough on spring anglers
By George Langley

What a completely off-center spring the North Woods is having. With the early ice-out, the patterns are totally out of whack and unpredictable, especially when it comes to spawning.
We think that all the perch have spawned, but we are still getting anglers in who are catching perch with spawn still in them. We think that all or most of the walleyes have spawned, but are not sure because a few are still being caught by perch and crappie anglers with spawn in them.
With the weather providing a cold front at least once a week, we just can’t seem to pin things down as far as looking ahead to the opener.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 2:31 PM
Panfishing inconsistent, just like spring weather
By George Langley

The only thing North Woods anglers can count on this spring with the weather is that it will be inconsistent. One day it feels like summer and the next day it feels like winter.

The inconsistent weather, including high winds and snow on Monday, has really affected the fishing action and spawning patterns since ice-out. The water temperature has been up and down all spring, making it tough to figure out where the fish will be on any given day.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 2:07 PM
Anglers have extra time to pursue panfish species
By George Langley

With the return to normal spring weather conditions here in the North Woods, anglers are starting to see more typical fish behavior for this time of year.
The early ice-out got spawning activity started earlier than normal with water temperatures up into the low 50s in late March. Since then, lakes have seen water temperatures drop down closer to normal for mid-April, with surface temperatures in the 40s on area lakes.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 2:15 PM

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