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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. .

Some 'normal' weather improving fishing here
By George Langley

The North Woods is finally getting some “normal” weather and fishing has responded with some real good productivity for all species over the last several days.
Water levels are pretty good, except for those unfortunate seepage lakes. Water temperatures are now back in or near the 70s, so we’re seeing more water activity.
Weed growth, while improving, remains behind this time last year. As the weeds grow, anglers will see more fish using these weed beds. Weeds have been particularly hard to find on the

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 2:26 PM
Warmer temperatures to boost fish activity

Much warmer (and hopefully much more consistent) weather is on the way this week and will be quite welcome. North Woods lakes are way behind as far as spawning activity and weed growth. Maybe with some warm weather they can play “catch up” for a while.
The North does have much higher lake levels this year, as we have had a lot of rain, especially when compared to last year.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 3:47 PM
Anglers ready to battle muskies this weekend
By George Langley

North Woods lakes have some decent, but not quite warm enough water temperatures out there. The cool rain showers have dropped the water temperatures as much as the warmer weather has tried to increase them. Oh well, maybe next week.
Lakes are starting to get some nice weed growth now with those water temperatures in the high 50s across the area. These weeds, where they have some up, are holding fish. Water levels, with the exception of those seepage lakes, are getting higher. Some of the landings are still a problem

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 2:35 PM
Fishing should improve with warmer temperatures
By George Langley

The strong northeast wind and cold front last weekend just about shut down fishing Saturday and Sunday. All in all, it was a crummy experience for those who tried to fish in it.
Water temperatures have dropped into the 40s and only now with the warmer weather are starting to recover back into the low 50s. Hopefully, that will get the spring fishing back to normal.
Water levels are much improved over last spring, with landings on most lakes in good shape.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:30 PM
Anglers finding walleyes in both rivers and lakes
By George Langley

Wow, what a nice weekend for the opener. It seems unusual to get such good weather for the whole weekend, but it was great. Because of the good weather, fishing traffic was very heavy throughout the area. Many if not most anglers were pretty happy with what they saw. It is a delight to hear from a bunch of happy fishermen as we did this weekend.
The river was high because the dam was open and lake levels, except for those drainage lakes, are pretty good. Water temperatures as of the weekend were in the 40s, but expect rapidly rising

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:02 PM
Panfishing offers test prior to opening day
By George Langley

The ice is finally disappearing from North Woods lakes. Many lakes are completely open now and the rest will be free of ice in the next few days as rain and wind are predicted.
This is a great time to get out, check that equipment that’s been in the garage or basement all winter and enjoy some of the best panfishing of the spring before the game fish opener Saturday, May 7.
Even if you are more interested in game fish, crappie and perch fishing is a good excuse to get your

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 1:42 PM
Delay in ice-out offers extra time to prepare gear
By George Langley

Although safe ice fishing conditions are gone for the season, the ice is not melting very quickly on North Woods lakes due to the recent cold temperatures and snow. The winds are helping break up the lakes.
This delay in ice-out gives anglers a chance to put away their ice fishing gear and pull out that open-water fishing gear and make sure everything is in order.  When the ice finally goes, it is well worth the effort of having everything ready to go when the perch and crappies start hitting.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 2:45 PM
Most anglers looking to open-water fishing

The North Woods is at or near the end of the ice fishing season. It is just a great time of the year as anglers have so much to anticipate in the next several weeks. Absent a huge change in the weather or a big snowfall, most anglers are now thinking about open-water fishing in the near future.
As the ice becomes unsafe and melts, and the last of the snow piles leave, anglers start thinking about that great perch fishing every year right after the ice goes out. First, let’s talk about the last-gasp ice fishing.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 2:41 PM
There's still some time to try spring ice fishing

Did everyone enjoy that nice piece of “January” the North Woods this past week? With below-zero temperatures overnight, this late March is totally different from last March when the snow was gone and the lakes were opening up.
Hopefully, we’ll now get a better taste of spring with some nice warming into the mid-40s this week. This should bring those panfish anglers out in force. The lakes still have a good bit of ice on them, and the landings actually firmed up a bit with the recent cold weather. People are still driving on

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:34 PM
Late snowstorms good for water levels

While spring is on everyone’s mind, don’t be too disappointed with the wintery mix Sunday and the snow that was expected Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Look at the snow as a valuable addition to the lake levels and it becomes a little more bearable.
Ice conditions are getting iffy as some landings are now not usable. This happens every spring as the north sides of lakes are the worst as the sun beats directly on those shorelines. Most lakes remain safe for traffic, but more and more ice fishermen are walking or taking ATVs out to their

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 2:15 PM

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