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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. .

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
Walleyes still hitting on weed edges on Chain
By George Langley

Some hot weather, a little rain and long days have gotten those water temperatures up to normal summer levels, and even a little higher in some cases.
These conditions really make for great water sports activity such as swimming, but don’t make for the best fishing. With those mid- to late-summer fishing doldrums, many anglers have gone to night fishing. Early mornings and evenings also can be pretty good, but those bright days are tough fishing days.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:34 AM
Heat wave turns fish to evening, night bite
By George Langley

With the recent summer heat wave, the water temperatures have spiked right up through the 70s, and the 80s are in sight. This will make the fishing even tougher during the daytime as the fish have adapted to an evening or night feeding pattern with the water traffic and the heat.
While weed growth is right up to the top on many lakes, some waters are again in the position of needing heavy rain in the area. Several inches of rain fell Sunday night and Monday afternoon which should help those water levels.
Walleye fishing has been improving, with the fish moving back into the weeds after that very late

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:51 AM
Boat traffic, high sun means low-light bite
By George Langley

While hot weather makes it uncomfortable for anglers, swimming and other water sports are great during these periods of high temperatures.
The high water traffic and extreme light penetration has resulted in most of the game fish species feeding at night or during low-light periods.
Water levels are much higher than last year and temperatures have now moved toward the high

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:04 AM
Heavy boat driving traffic driving fish deeper on most lakes
By George Langley

Absolutely great Fourth of July weekend weather meant that there was an immense amount of traffic on the water, making it hard for anglers to fish in some cases. This means anglers should consider morning and evening fishing at this time of the summer.
Heavy sunlight penetration also drives the fish deeper during the day, which means that if anglers are fishing at midday, they should be fishing in much deeper water than several weeks ago.
There are now midsummer lake conditions out there, including much higher water temperatures

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:48 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:55 AM )
Try mornings, evenings as boat traffic climbs
By George Langley

With summer weather finally here, anglers will see the water temperature somewhere near normal. It has been a long, slow climb to get there, with many detours along the way.
Anglers will see a huge increase in water usage beginning this week, so it might be better to think about mornings and evenings on the heavily used waterways like the Chain of Lakes.
Water levels are much better at this point than last year, with the heavier rains last week helping. Weed growth is better now, but has been quite slow in developing due to the cold weather. The

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:12 AM
Fishing pretty good despite cold weather
By George Langley

While the lake levels are much better, the water temperature is quite low for this time of year due to the recent cold weather.
This means that the weed growth is behind for this time of year. All in all, it is making the conditions on the lakes still seem like May. While there are forecasts of warmer weather, it always seems to dissolve into cooler than forecast.
Through it all, including many days with an east wind, fishing has remained solid.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:37 AM

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