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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. .

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 )
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 )

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