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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. .

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
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

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