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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. .

Lakes slowly building better ice for anglers

By George Langley

With the recent warm temperatures and lack of snow, it is easy for anglers to get around on the ice now. Despite those warm days, the lakes are, ever so slowly, building some good ice for anglers.
While the snowmobilers are waiting to get some snow, the ice fishermen are pretty happy and can get around well on the North’s ice-covered lakes.
Panfish action has been pretty good lately, as some patterns have started to develop and the fishermen have found some fish.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 1:43 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 27, 2011 7:28 PM )
Ice conditions improve as colder temps arrive
By George Langley

Ice conditions have improved dramatically area­wide since the warm spell and rainy weather last week. Most North Woods lakes now have anywhere from 3 to 8 inches of ice, but there is always the exception to the rule. Use caution when heading out on the ice and always check ice thickness as you go.
Walleye action has been good to very good as they have been feeding very aggressively in the afternoons and evenings. Overcast days have been very productive, with action starting midafternoon and continuing until well after sunset. Anglers are having success using darters and jigging stick baits, along with consistent action on shiners and sucker minnows rigged under tip-ups. You will find these fish at many different depths depending on time of day and the particular lake you are fishing.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 2:31 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:28 PM )
Ice slowly developing on North Woods lakes
By George Langley

There was some decent ice building going on last weekend, but still need some cold weather to get this ice truly safe for vehicle traffic. As of Monday, lakes have 2 to 6 inches of ice throughout the area.
Much of the snow from that last snowstorm has melted into the ice pack. Anglers would really like some more subzero nights soon to thicken the ice pack.
It’s still that in-between season for most outdoors people. The deer season and the muskie season are over and the ice fishing season hasn’t really started yet. Be patient.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:26 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:56 PM )
Heavy snow before cold could mean lake slush
By George Langley

Ouch! That would be the description that most ice fishermen would give our last weather system. We needed cold weather, then snow, but got just the opposite.
We are now going to have to deal with a lot of early slush and some unpredictable and thin ice for quite a while. Even the snowmobilers wanted some more cold weather before this snow to get the marshes, swamps and lakes frozen nicely.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 6:28 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:56 PM )
Cold temps needed to develop safe ice
By George Langley

Well, the open water fishing season is finally coming to an end, with ice fishing on the immediate horizon. As much as we’d all like some snow now, we really  would like a cold week to get some hard, thicker ice on our lakes.
Some colder weather also will firm the marshes and swamps up, making for better snowmobile trails for the rest of the winter.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 1:32 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:57 PM )
Anglers still trying for walleyes, muskies


By George Langley

What a touch of winter weather the North Woods was given over the deer hunting opener. Unfortunately, with the warmer weather coming, it’s likely the landscape will lose this snow and a lot of the ice that has developed.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 7:42 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:00 PM )
Expect larger muskies with cisco spawn starting
By George Langley

North Woods anglers are still engaged in late fall fishing, but as the days go by, outdoors people are thinking more and more of the gun deer season and the ice fishing to come.
Late fall anglers certainly have a lot to look forward to this week, especially if the weather cooperates. The water temperatures are going down through the 40s and getting into the 30s, which means the freeze isn’t too far away. On some mornings, the smaller lakes have had skim ice. It’s

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:43 PM
Now is the time for trophy muskies
By George Langley

With the calendar turning to November,  the open-water fishermen and -women will be experiencing their final weeks in the boat prior to the fast-approaching gun deer season.
Water temperatures have fallen into the low 40s throughout the area. This is the time the real muskie nuts hit the water prior to ice up. The muskie season closes at the end of the month, but options are reduced the later into November we get as lakes freeze up.
Muskie fishing should improve each week now that the water temperature has dipped into the low 40s. The fish have become much more aggressive to any slow-moving bait, however, the fish can

Tuesday, November 01, 2011 2:47 PM
Muskie, walleye fishing improving with cold
By George Langley

Anglers are now into the late-fall period, with the last-gasp fishermen and -women fishing for trophy muskies and walleyes.
Water temperatures have fallen into the low 40s throughout the area, and none of us would be surprised at a serious cold front with snow sometime in the near future. Even with the color long gone, this is a great time to be outside and enjoy the fall weather before the snow hits and winter is here.
A number of lakes in the area experienced some more turnover with the sharp drop in

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2:45 PM
Colder weather to help muskie, walleye fishing
By George Langley

The North Woods finally seems to be in the fall season, hopefully with no more warm fronts. The recent cold is bringing about the expected change in fishing.
Water temperatures are falling pretty quickly and some of the lakes have finally cleared up from turnover. This makes for some of the best fishing of the year for both muskie and walleye, so it is something anglers look forward to.
In addition, the more than one and one-half inches of rain received was very welcome for the lakes. Those lake levels had been falling for quite a while.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:31 AM

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