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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. .

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
Warm temps could bring second round of turnover
By George Langley

With some cooler weather on the way, the North Woods will be going toward the other side of that really warm weather we experienced for the past eight days.
The water temperatures have gone up way too high for this time of year and guides fear that, with a sharp drop in temperatures, there will be turnover all over again on many lakes. It’ll be an interesting week for weather.
The lakes also need some rain. The lake levels have been dropping with this unusually dry fall

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 2:39 PM
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

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