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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. .

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
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

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