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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. .

Yes, folks, it’s March and there’s open water
By George Langley

Who can believe the ice is out on all area lakes already? Most lakes have been open for over a week  after our unusually warm spell in the middle of March and nobody seems to recall an earlier start to the open-water fishing season here in the North Woods.
Usually at this time of year, we are still enjoying some great panfish action through the ice, but the ice fishing season is behind us now and it’s time to think about open-water fishing. There are many fishing opportunities right now in this area and elsewhere, giving anglers an excuse to get out and enjoy this great early spring weather.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 3:39 PM
Ice fishing winds down as ice-out nears in North
By George Langley

Anglers could not have asked for better weather to get out and do some late season ice fishing! Many area anglers took advantage of the unusually warm weather last weekend and got out on the ice for one last time this season.
With the temperatures remaining mild this week, the ice is quickly deteriorating on North Woods lakes. Over the weekend, there were reports of up to 12 inches of ice on some lakes, with some anglers still driving ATVs on the ice. At this point, we advise extreme caution when heading out on area lakes.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 3:33 PM
North Woods ice anglers set for ‘last gasp’ panfish
By George Langley

The shockingly warm weather, with high temperatures in the 60s, for this time of year could be bringing the ice fishing season to an early end.
As nice as it is to get outside in this weather, we really could use some cooler weather to keep this ice around for that “last gasp” great panfish fishing.
When the water starts to run down cracks and holes in the ice, the panfish go on a really great feeding binge that makes for some of the best ice fishing of the season.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 3:21 PM
Ice fishing slows with poor lake access
By George Langley

There is really not much we can say about last weekend’s ice fishing, as hardly anyone got out on the ice because of the slush and the deep snow cover.
Following last week’s 20 inches of snow, it was just about impossible to get access to the ice, and even harder to move around after you got out there. What a mess.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012 11:06 AM
It’s one last chance for walleyes, northerns
By George Langley

While it still certainly feels like winter, it is ever so slowly moving toward spring out there. Most lakes have OK ice conditions and, as the sun gets stronger, the snow will be packed down more quickly after each storm.
It seems unbelievable that the game fishing season ends after this weekend, but we have a lot to look forward to. The best panfishing of the season is ahead of us and will last right up until the ice goes out.
Right now the snow conditions are great, with some nice opportunities for both snowshoe and cross-country ski enthusiasts. These could end pretty quickly, as the weather changes so fast at this time of year.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:31 AM
Ice fishing conditions rated best of the year
By George Langley

The North Woods has absolutely great ice conditions out there now, with good ability to get around lakes and ice that is easy to drill holes through.
Anglers hope these conditions will stay for a number of weeks, right up to around April 1. Some of the best ice fishing lays directly ahead, with that great spring ice fishing for panfish on the horizon.
As the weather warms at this time of the year, anglers don’t even have to take augers along on many outings as the holes will stay open at night. This is crappie time and often provides the best panfishing of the year.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:44 AM
Colder weather firms up area lakes
By George Langley

The combination of cold and wind kept most anglers off the ice last weekend. That’s OK, however, as it got the ice much thicker and got rid of a lot of that slush that had been hindering anglers.
It is nice to realize that we are now in the second half of February already and getting ever nearer to longer days and warmer weather. Those cold fronts don’t last real long now and normal temperatures in the afternoon will be closer to 30 degrees — perfect for ice fishing!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 12:08 PM
Conditions improving on North Woods lakes
By George Langley

Anglers are experiencing an interesting set of conditions out on the ice, as severe slush problems developed after the last big snow only to improve following the warmer weather of the last week or so.
That snow has been significantly reduced on the lakes by the sun and the slush problems have become much more livable. This is a good thing, as many an­glers just couldn’t get out during the slush nightmare. Anglers can now get around pretty well on all lakes and they are looking forward to some colder weather to firm everything up nicely.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012 11:25 AM
Slush problem developing on some North Woods lakes
By George Langley

Slush. Unfortunately, that seems to be the operative word from most ice anglers we talk to lately. With all the snow we have been getting, it finally became a problem.
Hopefully, this warmer weather we are supposed to get this week will tamp the snow down on the top of the ice and make it easier to get around out there. On many lakes, there are paths to get out on the ice, and in these paths the ice and snow have frozen well. On some of the bigger lakes, some anglers have plowed a road out for anglers to follow.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 4:46 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 31, 2012 4:49 PM )
Walleyes and northerns still active in January
By George Langley

North Woods anglers are now experiencing more typical January weather, with more snow on the ice and occasionally some really cold weather to deal with.
The lakes still have pretty good access at this point, as many anglers make it easier for everyone by plowing a road onto the ice. Ice thickness is now as thick as 18 inches on some lakes.
If you do drive out on the ice, we would certainly suggest that you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, as there are snow dunes on most of the lakes from the wind.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012 4:38 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 24, 2012 4:43 PM )

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