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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. .

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 )
High wind slows activity, but conditions improving

Last week’s snow did not hurt anglers’ ability to get around on the ice. The wind, however, did keep anglers off the ice for the most part during the snowstorm.
Anglers are able to drive on some of the lakes and that certainly makes getting out there easier. With ice thickness to 15 inches on many lakes, power augers are becoming a must for the rest of the winter.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 6:05 PM
Ice fishing conditions rated best in years
By George Langley

The fishermen’s ability to get around on the ice is great and because of that we are seeing a significant increase in the number of ice anglers. And to top that off, the fishing is good.
The North Woods usually gets some real cold weather right about this time of year, which will thicken the ice even more. We are looking at 10 to 15 inches of ice throughout the area, and many lakes are safe for driving on if caution and common sense are used.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:48 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:53 PM )
Wind slows fishing during New Year’s
By George Langley

The North Woods really does have winter now, with more snow on the ground and some really cold weather in the last week.
It is a little harder to get around on the ice now, but much better than last year with all its slush. The other winter sports enthusiasts also are much happier, with better cross-country skiing and snowmobiling conditions out there.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012 4:33 PM
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 )

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