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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. .

Recent warmer temps not so good for fishing

The North Woods is going to have another week of warmer weather, which is great for everything but the anglers, especially those muskie fishermen. It is beautiful outside, great for yard work, bicycling, walking and golfing, but yes, crummy for fishing. What can you say? Get your yard work done, because sooner or later, it will change.
Anglers are still dealing with the effects of turnover, with many lakes still a little green. This won’t change until the weather gets

Tuesday, October 04, 2011 2:09 PM
Walleye, muskie fishing turning to fall patterns
By George Langley

We are in full fall swing from a fishing standpoint and it is great out there.
The main species targeted out there at this time of year are walleye and muskie. With the decline in the water temperatures, both of these fish are in feeding mode and providing good action for anglers. When you combine that action with the beauty of the fall colors, it is a magnificent time to be outdoors in the North Woods.
The lakes still need significant rainfall, so the landings on some lakes are a little bit iffy. Weeds are dying off at a fast rate now, so fish the deeper weeds for more success, as the shallow weeds

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:10 PM
Walleyes moving deeper as water temps start drop
By George Langley

Fall weather conditions have improved fishing action in the North Woods. With water temperatures around 60 degrees, fish are starting their fall feeding patterns. This is a great time to get out on our area lakes for some of the best fishing of the season!
Walleye fishing has been very good and will continue that way through the fall. The walleyes have moved out to deeper water to feed on minnows. To find these fish, anglers need to do a little searching on deeper lakes. Look for big schools of baitfish and minnows on your locator and

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 10:40 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, September 20, 2011 10:43 AM )
Fall fishing patterns could start this week
By George Langley

With what appears to be colder fall weather on the way this week, anglers will now get into normal fall fishing patterns.
This also means turnover, as many of the lakes have already started this process. This includes some of the larger lakes in the area. We will certainly experience a very sharp drop in the water temperatures, but it is questionable whether lakes will clear up from turnover until we have colder weather for several weeks.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 2:03 PM
With fall in the air, fish are moving deeper
By George Langley

We certainly felt a little touch of the coming fall over the Labor Day weekend, with a lot of north wind and cooler temperatures to remind us of what is coming soon.
Anglers will notice that many of the lakes are entering the turnover period and getting greener and darker. This period will last for a while now, at least the rest of September and into October. It does make the lakes harder to fish during this process.
Water temperatures are dropping into the 60s now areawide, and hopefully staying there for a while. Lake levels have been dropping some because the balance of the rain that we have

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 2:23 PM
Walleyes and bass still hitting in weeds
By George Langley

While the cool mornings make it seem like we are entering the fall period,  some warmer weather is predicted for the week ahead. This will mess up the fishing some, but there is nothing we can do about it.
The water temperatures are now down into the low 70s and will drop quickly in the event of a cold front. We are now seeing turnover on some lakes, and this messy green stuff will stay suspended on these lakes until it gets decidedly cooler. Weeds are dying on many lakes in the shallower

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 11:07 AM
Water temperatures start annual decline
By George Langley

There is a hint of autumn in the air on many mornings now, though daytime temperatures still are near 80 degrees. It is very comfortable out there in the evenings and a great time to be out fishing.
The water temperatures are now making their annual journey down through the 70s, but we will still get some warm fronts going through that will halt that decline. When that happens, it also will halt any good fishing, as most fish species really don’t respond to warm weather now.
Weed growth is starting to decline also. The shallower weeds die off first, making those fish that have stayed very shallow move out to deeper green weeds.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:32 PM
Fishing inconsistent as water temps drop
By George Langley

With some cool mornings and foggy water at times, the North Woods is certainly getting a taste of early fall weather.
When that water is “steaming” in the morning, the lakes are losing water temperature at a fast rate. Speaking of water temperatures, lakes are now down into the low 70s and in the early mornings even the high 60s on some lakes. Wow. It seems early for these temperature drops. Fall is coming whether we want it to or not.
Water levels have been dropping a little, but they remain much better than they were last year at

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 2:17 PM
Weeds still providing walleyes, bass, panfish
By George Langley

After the extreme warm and humid weather of the last month or so, it feels just great to get out on the lakes with the cooler conditions. The water temperatures have cooled considerably because of the cold rain and the cooler nights.
Unfortunately, these conditions just seem to have made the mosquitoes more hungry. A good freeze some night would end that problem, but that won’t happen for a while. At any rate, life is great outside right now.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011 2:03 PM
Midsummer conditions continue on most lakes
By George Langley

With high temperatures in the 80s and a fair amount of humidity in the air, anglers can expect midsummer conditions on the lakes.
There are a fair amount of mosquitoes out there, so if you intend to do some night fishing, take insect repellent along.
Water temperatures are now firmly in the 80s throughout the area, with good weed growth right to the top on all lakes. There are much better water levels than last year, but the drainage lakes are still very low.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011 10:36 AM

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