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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. .

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
Weather patterns not helping fishing
By George Langley

We are really seeing a variety of Wisconsin spring weather conditions this year.  We’ve had everything from high temperatures in the 70s to snow, with no consistent weather pattern for more than a few days.
As you can imagine, this has really messed up the spring spawning patterns of the fish populations, including perch.  It is anyone’s guess what the weather will do next!
Anglers are somewhat limited in their fishing options right now, but the best is yet to come.  If you are willing to travel, there are opportunities to fish for walleyes in some rivers in Wisconsin before the general season

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 2:36 PM
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

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